Expanding the Younger Worker Employment Relationship: Insights From Values-Based Organizations

  • Winter R
  • Jackson B
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Abstract

This article aims to expand understanding of managing younger workers by making work values central to their employment relationship. Attention is focused on values-based organizations where intrinsic values of societal contribution, work-life balance, and inclusive management practices may take on added significance for younger workers. Asking younger workers to explain what “success” or “efficiency” means to them in their work pro- vides a window into the values-based reasoning underpinning younger workers’ work-related attitudes and behavior. Person-organization values fit findings suggest areas where the younger worker employment relationship has possibly expanded (prosocial work, direct communication, managers as mentors, work-life balance). Implications for managing younger workers in values-based contexts are discussed.

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  • Employee relations
  • Intrinsic work values
  • Social issues
  • Supervisor/subordinate relations

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Authors

  • Richard P. Winter

  • Brent A. Jackson

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