Theories abound regarding the gap that exists between the four generations who make up today's workforce and what they value in an employer. Conventional wisdom suggests that each generation's varying outlooks, beliefs and perspectives make it difficult to meet the needs of a wide range of workers.
Of course, each group has its own distinct characteristics based on its generation's life experiences. However, when it comes to work and what they seek in an employer, are their core beliefs really so radically different? Not according to the results of a new survey by Ricoh1.
When it comes to generational differences, what was previously thought to be conflict is actually consensus: a desire to be more collaborative and create a corporate culture that actively demonstrates respect and inclusion for today's multi-generational workforce.
First, let's define today's generations who are working together:
What's true is that for the first time in history, four generations — representing a wide range of ages — are working side-by-side. However, according to the data, which is based on a survey of 1,500 office-based workers across the United States and Canada, finds the generational divide in the workplace to be a myth.
According to the study, 71% of respondents find a cross-generational workplace to be an asset to a company and 76% of those same workers enjoy working alongside colleagues of different ages. It's no longer about just financial success. Workers from across the generations call on businesses to be a force for good and drive positive change in the world.
The combination of various generations is like two sides of the same coin. Flip this coin over, you might be in for a surprise: It's very similar.
Respondents are just as interested in how a business develops its people and how it contributes to society as they are in its products and profits.