April 2019

By Madison Hanscom Most of us are familiar with generational stereotypes. Millennials are narcissistic, Gen Xers are cynical, and Baby Boomers are judgmental. When scanning the workplace, it might seem easy to find patterns of behavior that correspond with these generational cohort characteristics, but are these patterns actually there? And for any differences that do emerge, are these actually due to generational cohort membership? What does the research say? There are plenty of authors claiming that generational differences are meaningful, but if you take a closer look at the foundation for such claims through the lens of rigorous empirical research, things are not