Work Values of Various Generations in France and the Netherlands: A Pilot Study

By Sophie Hennekam.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Purpose Work values are the main values individuals seek from their work. Several papers have been published about work values of the various generations in the United States, but little attention has been paid to this topic in European countries. The present study describes the existing knowledge about work values within generation classes, and adds data from an own limited pilot in France and the Netherlands. Classes of generations, their main characteristics, and their work values from the US are compared to those from France and the Netherlands.
Design/methodology/approach We used parts of existing questionnaires to generate a questionnaire with a very wide scope, in order to obtain information of as many aspects of work values as possible. We used the questionnaire to survey work values of a small selection of various generation classes in France and the Netherlands. Results are compared to those of previous research in the US.
Findings Our results show very similar work values among all generations, and only slight cultural differences were found, which is in line with previous research. Results contradict remarkably the popular press writings about this topic.
Originality/value due to study design results should be interpreted with caution. The present study merely explores parameters important for future research, and hopes to stimulate future research in this area.

Keywords: Diversity, Generations, Work Values, France, The Netherlands

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp.37-50. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 810.036KB).

Dr. Sophie Hennekam

Teacher-Researcher, Human Resource Department, ESC Rennes School of Business, Rennes, Brittany, France


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