Young workers now value respect over ‘fun’ perks in the workplace

ScienceDaily | Jul 23, 2021 at 4:32 AM
  • The team of researchers, which includes experts from the Novak Leadership Institute and the MU Department of Communication, were able to identify this shift in workplace values for young workers after surveying more than 1,000 full-time workers, ages 21-34, who represent 18 different career areas, including the service industry.
  • The team analyzed how participants rated, on a 1 to 5 scale, how each of the following workplace culture aspects were representative of their current place of employment — respectful engagement, autonomous respect, occupational resilience, job satisfaction, employee loyalty and retention, and job engagement.
  • Margaret Duffy, executive director of the Novak Leadership Institute and a professor of strategic communication in the Missouri School of Journalism, believes employers risk losing younger employees if they don’t make an effort to use respectful communication in the workplace.