FlexJobs’ Survey Explores Varying Workplace Attitudes of Millennials and Older Workers

Source: Flexjobs

Today FlexJobs released new insights from its August 2018 survey, which gathered responses from over 3,000 workers about key topics related to career, work flexibility, and workplace issues. FlexJobs specifically analyzed and compared responses from members of the millennial generation with those who identified with the baby boomer or silent generation to uncover differences and similarities in workplace attitudes and behaviors and find out why work flexibility matters to them.

“Although the generations are interested in work flexibility for different reasons, one thing is clear: they all place a high value on work flexibility, with particular emphasis on telecommuting options,” said Sara Sutton, founder, and CEO of FlexJobs. “Another point that their responses made overwhelmingly evident is that working within the confines of a traditional office environment is not conducive to producing most employees’ best work. When people of all ages think they would be more productive working from home, employers really need to re-examine their antiquated notion that working 9-to-5 in an office is the best way to maximize results from their employees,” Sutton concluded.

Here are a few notable differences in attitudes between millennials and the baby boomer generation regarding key workplace issues and work flexibility issues:

On why they work:

  • Millennials prioritize the ability to travel, with 60% saying it’s one of the primary reasons they work, second only to paying for basic necessities (82%) and ahead of saving for retirement (55%) and paying off debt (50%).
  • Older workers say the primary reasons they work, behind paying for basic necessities (65%), are because they enjoy working (56%), to save for retirement (53%), to pay off debt (44%), and to travel (44%).

On loyalty to an employer:

  • 78% of millennials say they would be more loyal to an employer if they had flexible work options, while only 71% of older workers say the same thing.
  • 70% of millennials have left or considered leaving a job because it lacked flexible work options, while only about half of older workers report the same.

Flexjobs Infographic - Work life balance

On the gender pay gap:

  • Millennials think the gender pay gap and gender inequality are more problematic than older workers, with 60% of millennials saying it was a problem in today’s workplace vs. 53% of older workers saying it was a problem.

On what they value:

  • Millennials value company perks more than older workers (35% vs. 17%), and are more concerned with company culture (44% vs. 29%).

On how they identify themselves:

  • Older workers identified with computer & IT (14%) and medical & Flexjobs infographic - How Millennials identify themselves vs Older Workershealth (13%) as relevant career categories at
  • higher rates than millennials did (11% and 10%). Older workers also identify working in the education category (21%) more so than millennials (14%).

“Although the generations are interested in work flexibility for different reasons, one thing is clear: they all place a high value on work flexibility, with particular emphasis on telecommuting options,” said Sara Sutton, founder, and CEO of FlexJobs. “Another point that their responses made overwhelmingly evident is that working within the confines of a traditional office environment is not conducive to producing most employees’ best work. When people of all ages think they would be more productive working from home, employers really need to re-examine their antiquated notion that working 9-to-5 in an office is the best way to maximize results from their employees,” Sutton concluded.

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