The purpose of the present quantitative descriptive, correlational study was to determine whether and to what degree a relationship existed between generational shifting at the workplace and the level of work engagement. Generations included in the study were Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y. The study also served to determine the relationship, between the employee motivations towards work and generational cohort, and the relationship between motivation sources and employee engagement. The study findings revealed that work engagement levels did not relate to generational cohorts. Similarly, the most prevalent motivation sources did not differ among the three generations. In terms of the relationship between motivation sources and employee engagement, the study added to the body of knowledge about employee engagement and work motivation. Positive correlations were found between work engagement and the following motivation sources: intrinsic process, internal self-concept, external self-concept, and goal internalization. These findings imply that individuals are motivated by the work itself, not necessarily by the rewards expected for the job. Individuals prefer jobs that allow them to have fun and provide a sense of achievement. Individuals will be motivated by tasks that help them to maintain or increase their reputation, and jobs that match their internal values. By focusing on addressing workforce motivation sources, employers will probably increase work engagement. Future research could expand on the suggestions and findings of the present study.
|Commitee:||Kortens, Anthony, Tomlin, Michael|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 75/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Management, Organization Theory, Organizational behavior|
|Keywords:||Baby Boomers, Employee engagement, Generation X, Generation Y, Generational shifting, Workforce generations, Workplace motivation|
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