How Generations Perceive each other in Terms of Their Attitudes Towards Work: A Qualitative Analysis on Generation X And Generation Y
It is a common belief that generations differ from each other, and the perceptions arising from generational differences are reflected in the individual's attitudes towards work. This is one of the reasons why the management of generations’ working in harmony with each other in today's multi-generational workplaces maintains its place on the agenda as an important issue. At this point, besides just putting forward these distinctive attitudes towards work, which are caused by generational differences, putting forward how generations perceive each other in terms of their attitudes towards work is significant as well. Based on this concern, in this study, where qualitative research methodology was adopted and semi-structured interview technique was used, the data was collected from 38 Generation X and Generation Y employees working in two large enterprises operating in the food sector in Turkey. According to the findings, the perceptions of Generation X employees on Generation Y employees’ attitudes towards work were gathered under the main themes as “low organizational commitment” and “low power distance expectation” while the perceptions of Generation Y employees on Generation X employees’ attitudes towards work were gathered under the main themes as “high organizational commitment” and “high power distance expectation”.
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