Generations and Their Loyalties at Work

Here are four generations (oldest to youngest) and their differing views of loyalty in the workplace:

Traditionalists

Loyal to the organization

Baby boomers

Loyal to the team

Generation X

Loyal to their manager (the manager holds the key to their happy life and they will follow them from job to job)

Millenials

Loyal to their colleagues, not the organization or their manager

The take-away here is, if you have millenials working for you, you need to ensure that people in the work place are treated fairly.  If they aren’t, millenials will leave, or worse, quit and stay.  Just remember that their primary loyalty is to each other, not to the boss or to the company.

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