I’m not a big fan of over-generalizing the characteristics of the different generations in the workforce. It’s just too easy to say “Millennials are entitled;” “Baby Boomers aren’t good with social media;” or “Gen Xers are lazy.” Too easy, and not at all true. Any of it.
So I read with some interest the results of a survey about the work habits of the generations that Paychex published last summer. There are some interesting takeaways about who wastes time at work – and in what industries, geographic location, organizational role, exempt status and education level – in addition to the obligatory age demographic comparison. It’s interesting food for thought.
Here’s one of the comparison graphics: This one compares time wasted at work by role, exempt status, and education.
Other comparisons include
- Industries that waste the most and least time surfing the Internet.
- Regions that waste the most time surfing the Internet at work.
- Most common time-waste reducers.
- Comparing generational work habits.
- Hardest working generations, industries, and education levels.
- Hardest working regions in the U.S.
If you have a sense that you’ve got a time-wasting problem in your organization, this information could be helpful as you work on a solution. If you’re interested in how the generations stack up in the “who works hardest” rodeo, you’ll definitely find this interesting.