Study: Baby Boomers Don’t Work Harder Than Younger Generations

Do baby boomers work harder than younger generations? A new study says that’s not the case. Researchers from Wayne State University looked at 77 different studies that examined work ethic. They discovered there was no difference in work commitment levels, or what’s called the “Protestant work ethic,” across generations. Sociologists have long credited the Baby Boomer work ethic with America’s rising economic output during the late 20th century, but the new findings suggest that younger generations work just as hard. Study leader Keith Zabel says, “The finding that generational differences in Protestant work ethic do not exist suggests that organizational initiatives aimed at changing talent management strategies and targeting them for the ‘very different’ millennial generation may be unawarranted and not a value of added activity.” (UPI