Are We on the Same Jobsite? Expectations of Millennial Students vs. Construction Industry Employees

Abstract

Many organizations face the challenge of integrating diverse generations in a workplace. With the retirement of a large number of Baby Boomers (60+ years) and the current intake of Millennials (20-33 years) in the workplace, organizations are facing a challenge to attract and retain the millennial generation. This paper presents a research pilot study investigating the millennial generation’s perception of the workplace in the construction industry. This research study used the framework of work, family and community to examine the ideal workplace attributes that the millennial generation considered in the construction industry. Unlike many research studies that state that the perception of the millennial generation is completely different from the perceptions of the previous generation, the millennials of the construction industry seem to disagree. This analysis compares the quantitative responses between construction students of the millennial generation with construction employees of other generations (33-68 years old). Responses in this pilot study show that the millennials may not have a completely different view of the workplace when compared to other generations in the construction industry. This research study shows that though the millennials may have different expectations of the workplace, they are very much similar to the perceptions that current employees of the construction industry who belong to different generations.



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Christine Piper, Clemson University, USA
Varahee Madadi, Clemson University, USA

Paper Information
Conference: ECSS2015
Stream: Cultural and Media Studies

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