This consensus study will assess the theoretical approaches and empirical science on generational differences as espoused in the popular literature, to include both an assessment of the research and statistical methods employed as well as conclusions drawn given the nature of the data analyzed. It will examine the conceptual basis for generations generally, as well as the specific generational definitions used in the management and behavioral science literature. The committee will hold two public workshops in 2019 and issue a final consensus report Summer 2020 with its findings, conclusions, and recommendations. Upcoming Events
October 3-4, 2019 – Fourth Meeting of Committee Public sessions to be determined
Statement of Task
An ad hoc committee will gather, review, and discuss the business management and the behavioral science literature on generational attitudes and behaviors in workforce management and employment practices. The committee will:
1. Evaluate theory, data and statistical methods used in order to make determinations on the rigor of the empirical work in this literature.
2. Assess whether generational categories (e.g., “boomers,” “millennials”) are meaningful distinctions vis a vis the workforce and its practices. Included issues will be: recruitment, selection, assignment, training, learning, performance management, length of tenure in a job, and retention.
3. Provide conclusions and recommendations in terms of proposing a possible science agenda and/or changes that are warranted to better recruit and retain the best employees.
April 23, 2019 - 1:00 - 4:30 pm (EDT): First committee meeting and public session Invited presenters provided their perspective on the study and the relevant scientific literature.
May, 29, 2019 - Public Workshop: Trends in Workforce Management: Are Generational Labels Meaningful? There is growing characterizations of employees by their generation of birth in the media. Are labels such as Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials meaningful in terms of informing employment practices? This workshop explored recent and predicted societal and demographic trends in the U.S. with implications for the workplace. It examined how employers, with special attention to the military, have responded to these trends and to any evidence of generational differences in the workplace. Workshop Agenda
July, 30, 2019 – Public Workshop: Changes in the Work Environment: Societal Trends and Workforce Management The structure, content, and process of work has changed in recent decades. What trends are driving these changes? How are these trends affecting skill demands and human resource practices? In this public session, researchers from sociology, economics, and business management will examine the evidence for changes in the workplace and the resulting challenges and opportunities for workforce management. Agenda
Nancy T. Tippins, Chair, The Nancy T. Tippins Group, LLC Eric M. Anderman, The Ohio State University John Baugh, Washington University in St. Louis Margaret E. Beier, Rice University Dana H. Born, Harvard Kennedy School of Government Chandra Childers, Institute for Women’s Policy Research Brent Donnellan, Michigan State University Armando X. Estrada, Temple University Brian Hoffman, University of Georgia Arne L. Kalleberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Ruth Kanfer, Georgia Institute of Technology Maria Lytell, RAND Corporation Michael S. North, NYU Stern School of Business Joanne Spetz, University of California, San Francisco Mo Wang, University of Florida
U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI), Department of the Army
Julie Schuck, Study Director Anthony Mann, Program Associate Adrienne Stith Butler, Associate Board Director
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