Posts Tagged 'millennial'

Emerging Workforce Values Socializing at Work

A recent study of over 800 respondents found that those who have been in the workforce for four years or less are most interested in opportunities to socialize with coworkers.

Santa Cruz, California (Press Release) October 1, 2008

This study found that those who have been in the workforce for four years or less (the emerging workforce) are most interested in opportunities to socialize with coworkers than other groups. This group included employees of all ages although it was predominately those 35 years and less.


0-4 Yrs in Workforce


I enjoy attending company planned or sponsored activities with my coworkers.



I find company planned/sponsored onsite contests and events very motivating.



My favorite activities have been coworker-planned, but company-sanctioned.



I really value an onsite area set up for games and socializing.



On a scale of 1-5, with 5.0 most preferred those employed four years or less scored higher in all four categories positively associated with socializing with coworkers. The study also tracked the age of the respondents.

According to Cindy Ventrice, author of Make Their Day! Employee Recognition That Works “While age was a factor and this is a generational issue to some degree, it is worth noting that the strongest variations came from those who have been working for four years or less, regardless of age. Our emerging workforce has not yet built a strong work network. They need and want opportunities to do this.”

About the author:
Cindy Ventrice is the author of the best-selling book Make Their Day! Employee Recognition That Works and the companion guide Recognition Strategies that Work. She has been quoted in The New York Times, Harvard Business Update, Workforce Magazine and on CNBC and has worked with managers in 14 countries and has helped hundreds of organizations improve employee morale and loyalty through effective recognition strategies.


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Employee Recognition Survey Results – Millennials and More

Today, results from the four month generational employee recognition preference study were released. If you have been reading this blog for awhile you may have even participated in the study. The results are quite interesting.

The study looked at preferences in awards, feedback, structure, work/life balance, and socializing. Millennials differed from other age groups in each of these areas. The full report is available.

The Fairness Paradox

I have been giving a lot of thought lately to what makes employee recognition fair or unfair.

Recognition, by nature, singles out individuals. Is that fair? A lot of employees would say no. They would say that everyone should be treated the same. But is that fair? If you complete 50 percent more work or bring in 20 percent more new customers don’t you deserve acknowledgement for that accomplishment?

Welcome to the employee recognition fairness paradox. I can see both sides of this issue, but have to say, I come down hard on the side of singling out top performers. I look at it this way:

If someone has to be dissatisfied wouldn’t you rather it be your poor performers?

This doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot you can do to improve fairness while recognizing performance. You can even recognize poor performers without upsetting top performers, but it takes a lot of skill.

I would love to get a discussion going on fairness. Here are some questions to get you started?

1) Have you ever received recognition that wasn’t fair? Tell us about it.
2) Have you given recognition only to have someone make a fuss about fairness? Tell us about the recognition and the response.
3) Have you managed to recognize everyone in very different ways without the fairness paradox raising its ugly head? How did you do it?


By the way: if you haven’t taken the generational preference survey please do it now! Also, I still need to increase the sample of respondents 25 and under. If you can pass on this link to someone in this age group, I would much appreciate it!

Survey – Generational Preferences in Employee Recognition

We are conducting new research on employee recognition. The focus is the specific preferences of each generation.

This survey looks at preferences for both tangible (gift cards, electronics, pay) and intangible (opportunities, social, work/life balance) rewards.

Your participation will help us accurately reflect the preferences all age groups.

To participate generational preferences.

Results will be posted here when the survey is complete.

My name is Cindy Ventrice. I am the author of the best-selling book Make Their Day! Employee Recognition That Works and the companion guide Recognition Strategies That Work.

My work has been quoted in The New York Times, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Workforce Magazine, and Tim Sanders' book The Likeability Factor.

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