Having Fun at Work Is More Important to Baby Boomers Than Millennials

May 13, 2016, 4:18 PM UTC
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Free beer and foosball is what Millennials look for in a workplace, right?

Not necessarily, reveals a new Gallup report. According to a Harvard Business Review write-up of the report, the single most important thing to a Millennial employee is the opportunity to learn and grow, followed by the quality of the manager and overall company management.

Even more surprising is how Millennials’ attitudes differ from previous generations’—Baby Boomers were actually more likely than Gen Yers to say that a “fun place to work” is extremely important to them when looking for a job.


However, the Gallup study also confirmed some commonly-held beliefs about Millennials, namely that they are apt to job-hop (21% of Millennial workers had left their job in the last year to do something else) and that many of them are not engaged at work (71% are either not engaged or actively disengaged at work).

Baby Boomers, on the other hand, are prone to stick with their employers: 40% of them stayed with their companies for more than 20 years, according to a recent AP poll.