Who's the Boss - Age Charts

By Robert Half October 3, 2017 at 7:01am

WHO’S THE BOSS?

How comfortable would you be REPORTING TO a manager who is YOUNGER than you?

Age 18-34 Age 35-54 Age 55+
Very comfortable 36% 40% 57%
Somewhat comfortable 42% 43% 36%
Somewhat uncomfortable 17% 15% 4%
Very uncomfortable 4% 3% 3%

What is the biggest challenge in reporting to a manager who is younger than you?

Age 18-34 Age 35-54 Age 55+
Different work ethics/values/expectations 23% 28% 24%
Different leadership/learning styles 25% 19% 20%
Different communication styles 19% 20% 16%
Different ways of using technology 9% 10% 7%
Different motivations/incentives 10% 7% 4%
No challenges 14% 15% 28%

How comfortable would you be MANAGING a worker who is OLDER than you?

Age 18-34 Age 35-54 Age 55+
Very comfortable 54% 56% 69%
Somewhat comfortable 35% 35% 26%
Somewhat uncomfortable 10% 8% 3%
Very uncomfortable 1% 1% 1%

What’s the biggest challenge in managing a worker who is older than you?

Age 18-34 Age 35-54 Age 55+
Different work ethics/values/expectations 17% 15% 11%
Different leadership/learning styles 18% 15% 10%
Different communication styles 18% 17% 14%
Different ways of using technology 26% 27% 14%
Different motivations/incentives 9% 7% 12%
No challenges 12% 19% 37%

Source: OfficeTeam survey of 1,007 workers in the United States.

Some responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.

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