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Age-diverse teams are innovative and resourceful, according to Randstad Q2 2018 Workmonitor

Talking about the various generations in the workforce, 86% of the global respondents prefer working in a multi-generational team, according to the latest Randstad Workmonitor. 


85% declare themselves as working in a multi-generational team (i.e, 10-15 years difference in age)  - and thanks to an age-diverse team they are able to come up with innovative ideas and solutions.


Collaboration between generations is considered mutually beneficial at their company, say 85% of the participants. With regard to communication, 80% feel that the main difference with working in a multi-generational workplace is the communication styles whereas 31% find it difficult to communicate with coworkers who are from a different age group or generation.


Although 83% of the respondents globally believe that their direct manager’s age does not matter as long as they’re inspirational, 69% prefer that their direct manager is older than themselves with Hong Kong reporting the highest score (86%). The majority of the respondents (77%) says their direct manager is talented at working together with various generations and 69% state that their direct manager cares about their career path.


With regards to connections on social media such as Facebook or Instagram, globally, respondents are more frequently connected with their colleagues (61%) than with their direct manager (35%). Respondents in India have the highest connection rate with their colleagues (86%) and in Japan the lowest (19%). When looking at the connection rate with their direct manager India again scores  highest with 67% and Japan again lowest with only 10%.


When focusing on age, men in the age group 18-24 are more often connected to their direct manager (47%) than their female counterparts (38%).


The number of employees worldwide that expect to work for a different employer in the coming six months slightly increased and resulted in a Mobility Index of 110. Mobility increased most in Turkey (+9), Poland (+7), the US (+5), Brazil and Italy (both +4). Mobility decreased most in France and Czech Republic (both -5), Sweden and China (both -4). Singapore and the UK show no shift in mobility.


The actual job change is stable at 22% and once more is highest in India (46.6%). Compared to last quarter, the actual job change increased in in Canada, Mexico, Poland, Singapore and Turkey. In Australia, China, Czech Republic and Italy the actual job change decreased compared to last quarter. The actual job change is still lowest in Luxembourg (8%),  followed by Romania (12%) which is a new country participating in the survey.


Job change appetite, i.e., the desire to change jobs, increased in Australia, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, the UK and the US compared to last quarter. Only in Italy the job change appetite decreased. The appetite to change jobs is still highest in India (42%) and lowest in Turkey (16%).


Compared to the previous quarter, job satisfaction increased in Italy and Japan, but decreased in Belgium, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland compared to last quarter. Like last quarter, job satisfaction is highest in Mexico (84%) and lowest in Japan (50%).


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