Workplace Preferences of Millennials and Gen X: Attracting and Retaining the 2020 Workforce

The Conference Board of Canada, 76 pages, June 25, 2014
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Organizations need to understand the preferences of Millennials and Gen X to attract, retain, and engage these employees. This report explores these preferences and provides recommendations for the 2020 workforce.

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To effectively recruit and motivate the workforce of the future, organizations must separate the true work styles and preferences of Millennials and Gen X from the stereotypes. Organizations that understand generational differences in work styles and preferences will derive a competitive edge by attracting the vibrant future workforce, and keeping them.

This report, Workplace Preferences of Millennials and Gen X: Attracting and Retaining the 2020 Workforce, draws from the national survey of Millennials and Gen X employees. It reveals the many similarities and some differences in work styles and preferences of Millennials compared with Gen X. Then, based on the survey findings as well as the roundtable of leading Canadian organizations, the report provides recommendations for how human resources policies and practices can be shaped to best attract and motivate the 2020 workforce.

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