Posts Tagged ‘survey’

New Research Shows Gen X is More Likely to Quit a Job Than Gen Y

September 10th, 2009

Hi All!

Had  great day today! I conducted a mini-version of my “Get A Grip On Gen Y” seminar for the Women in Business chapter of the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce. There were over 100 attendees and the event was held at the newly renovated Dream Inn Hotel. The meeting space had sweeping views of the beach and was amazing! All you meeting planners need to check this place out for events!

Anyway, it was a great group and we all shared a lot of laughs. I love doing presentations with people and energy like that!

Here’s the deal with the topic I’m sharing on this post: Talent Management ( published an article this month about how Gen X employees are more likely to quit their job, and are searching for new ones, more than Gen Y (aka Millennials). Millennials get a bad rap for being job hoppers, but it really may be that employers need to be focusing on the retention of their Gen X talent just as much, if not MORE, than their Millennials.

The article is entitled: Consider Cost-Effective Alternatives to Retain Gen X, written by Erin Green

Here’s a brief excerpt:

Though employers are increasingly concerned about talent retention post-recession, their focus is often on retaining millennials instead of a more immediate concern: Generation X employees may already have one foot out the door.

“More than 20 percent of Generation X employees have already been looking for new employment in the past 12 months, which is the highest [amount of active job seekers] for any generation,” said Robin Erickson, a manager in the human capital practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Gen Xers’ strong desire to move up to managerial positions may be the main reason for the anticipated turnover.

“Forty percent of Generation X employees cited lack of career progress as the prime motivation to switch jobs today, which is considerably higher than their survey colleagues in Generation Y [at] 30 percent, baby boomers [at] 20 percent and veterans [at] 14 percent,” said Erickson.

Deloitte will publish a report later this month – a follow-up to the July report “Managing Talent in a Turbulent Economy” – that will reveal new survey data on employee perspectives by generation and region. The data comes from a global survey of employees, covering all regions – the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The article continues with more interesting info, so check it out!

Bye for now,


Generational Trends Impact Parenting Roles and Equality at Home

May 05th, 2009

Hi All,

The Today Show did an interesting segment today about how Gen X and Generation Jones parents are now tackling parenting and managing the household much differently than the generations before them.

This topic was also discussed in an article in USA Today, and discussed how this trend is causing moms angst as they come to grips with having to “let go” and share power at home.

In the article it states:

Equality is gaining ground at homes across the USA, but the move toward parity leaves some mothers in a quandary; they’re ready to share the workload with their partners, but to do that, they’ll also have to come to terms with the loss of hierarchy at home.

“Women who want to create this sometimes don’t appreciate the level at which they must let go,” says Amy Vachon of Watertown, Mass. She and her husband, Marc, have become the standard-bearers for a philosophy called “equally shared parenting.”

“It’s not so much the stereotypical ‘Let my husband dress the kids in things that don’t match’ that’s the surface, easy stuff. It’s more the deep-down letting go being just fine when your child runs to your husband instead of you when she falls down on the playground,” she says. “My first reaction is, ‘I hope the other mothers didn’t notice because maybe they would judge me.’ “

In The Today Show segment they also discussed the new survey that reveals “how much” a Mom is worth if she was to be paid for all her time managing the kids and running the house hold. Click here to see the TV segment! It breaks down the cost for stay-at-home moms and working moms.

Along the lines of this, there’s a great new book out called Getting to 50/50: How Working Couples Can Have it All By Sharing It All, by Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober (Sharon was on The Today Show a while back).

All of this is certainly different from the days of Leave It To Beaver, and is a reflection of the evolution that occurs with all generations. If you’re married, and also have kids, I’m sure this is something you can all relate to!

Times they are a changing!

Bye for now,