Four Generations, Four Ways To Boost Your Career


When you’re on the job hunt, it’s essential to keep an eye out for elements of the job that motivate you most. Looking for a bigger salary or flexibility to do your work where ever, whenever you want? Or maybe you’re more interested in the challenges and excitement of the job, regardless of the perks or how much you’re getting paid.

Still unsure? Well it turns out that your generation could have something to do with what motivates you most at work. For instance, younger generations (ages 15 to 34) are most in favor of jobs offering telecommuting, according to a recent Monster study of baby boomers, gen X, gen Y and gen Z in the workplace. At the same time, gen X (aged 35-50) is most attracted to jobs with flexible hours and 56% of baby boomers (ages 51 to 70) feel that it doesn’t matter when you arrive to work or leave at the end of the day, as long as you get your work done.

These varying preferences and career drivers can help you determine your strengths and weaknesses as a job seeker, and how to navigate next steps in your career. Here are four examples of common trends among each generation, and how to boost that aspect for your career – and life.Baby

Boomers: Take a vacation! While an average of 25% of workers across all generations don’t plan to take any vacations in the upcoming year, Boomers are the guiltiest of skipping their time off. Well, here’s a friendly reminder: It’s paid time off.

Whether the reason behind not taking vacation is concern that being out of sight out of mind for too long will impact job security, or you’re just accustomed to working continuously, the fact is that various research findings indicate that logging off can benefit both your health and productivity – even stay-cations count.

Remember, it’s not so much about the quantity of vacations as the quality. Stay true to your word by fully detaching from work and really taking that time for yourself. When you tell your boss, colleagues and clients that you’ll be out of touch, once you put that out of office reply on, stick to it. And the next time you’re on a job interview and personal time is mentioned, be sure to negotiate even more time off. And then be intentional about actually taking it because, as you know, time is money – even five additional days count toward your overall compensation package!