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.
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 will explore recent and predicted societal and demographic trends in the U.S. with implications for the workplace. It will examine how employers, with special attention to the military, have responded to these trends and to any evidence of generational differences in the workplace.
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July, 30, 2019 – Public Workshop
A second workshop to gather information for the committee’s work. More information coming soon.
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.
Nancy T. Tippins, Chair, The
Nancy T. Tippins Group, LLC
Eric M. Anderman, The Ohio
John Baugh, Washington
University in St. Louis
Margaret E. Beier, Rice
Dana H. Born, Harvard Kennedy
School of Government
Chandra Childers, Institute for
Women’s Policy Research
Brent Donnellan, Michigan
Armando X. Estrada, Temple
Brian Hoffman, University
Arne L. Kalleberg, University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ruth Kanfer, Georgia Institute
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
Thelma Cox, Program Coordinator
Adrienne Stith Butler, Associate Board Director
For more information or to subscribe to project updates, please contact Julie Schuck:
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001