International Perspectives on the Millennial Generation
Edited by Eddy S. Ng, Sean Lyons and Linda Schweitzer
Chapter 6: Differences in work-related attitudes between Millennials and Generation X: evidence from Germany
Recently, more and more individuals from Generation Y (Millennials) are entering the workforce, prompting researchers to investigate their characteristics (for example, Lyons et al., 2007; Ng et al., 2010). Millennials are assumed to bring with them new challenges, values and attitudes to life at work, changing how managers should effectively lead and develop employees. Currently, we know relatively little about how exactly Millennials are different, particularly in their attitudes toward work. Most research is centered on generational diff erences in values (for example, Deal et al., 2010; Macky et al., 2008; Parry and Urwin, 2011). This chapter aims at extending this field of research by focusing on (work-related) attitudes, namely, satisfaction and insecurity, and their respective differences between Generation X (GenX) and Millennials. Furthermore, most generational studies are conducted in North America (Parry and Urwin, 2011), which hinders comparability and generalizations of results. Systematic research in other regions, such as Europe, Africa or the Middle East, is sparse or completely missing. While this volume aims to accumulate perspectives from different cultures, our chapter investigates German Millennials and their differences relative to GenX.
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