Data on What Motivates Workers in Their 20s

In an article for Harvard Business Review, Jeffrey Arnett shares data from a poll he conducted in 2015 with a sample of 1,000 21-to-29-year-old workers. It reveals the attitudes of this young, transitional component of the workforce. Arnett’s major insights are as follows: (1) These people are not lazy, but not often fully committed to their jobs. (2) They are willing to work their way up the career ladder, but not willing to be exploited. (3) Many are distracted by social media on the job.

Here are some statistics to back up these notions:

  • 89 percent said “No matter what job I am doing, I try to do it as well as possible,” but 40 percent also said, “On a normal work day, I try to get by with doing as little work as possible”
  • 78 percent said “If I were in a boring job, I would be patient and try to move up within the company,” though 54 percent said “If employers do not pay me well, they do not deserve my best work effort”
  • 54 percent said “I do not see anything wrong with checking my Facebook page, tweeting, or texting with friends now and then in the course of a normal work day”

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