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The Employment Culture of Different Generations

We all know the terms used for different generations: Boomers, GenX, Millennial and GenZ. These generations are vastly different on many levels including the way they consume media, the language they use and their social voice/perspective. However one thing that has been floated is who are the best employees? Do employers want a younger more adaptable employee? Or a more seasoned jobseeker potentially with more experience? 

Realistically it is down to the individual as to the value they bring to a business. However as a job seeking online marketplace, Shopless has looked into the generalisations of the employees in each of these generation brackets. 


The GenZ generation spans between 1997-2012 and they are the youngest generation in the workplace. But this does not mean that they are the most naive. GenZers are very aware of social aspects within a workplace, based on their ‘woke’ consumption of social media. The most important aspect of the workplace for a GenZer is the work-life balance. Hybrid roles are more desirable to GenZ. Whether that is working from home, working part time, or having a great social culture within a workplace. 

GenZ actually values salary less than other generations. However they do like to know the salary advertised before applying for the role. The culture of a company plays an integral part of how a GenZ will respond to their work environment. Notably, if a GenZ sees behaviour such as poor management or unethical workplace practices, they are not afraid to speak out about this. Even if this is on a broad platform such as social media, if the issue is not resolved adequately. 


The millennial in the workplace has to be one of the most researched generations. With the ‘lazy’ culture being a subject of contention. However this particular generation covers those born between 1981-1996, which is a massive portion of the workplace. Millennials want to know they bring value to the workplace. This is why it is also known as the startup generation, as they see value in growing their own business. 

However in a larger setting, millennials flourish in a more collaborative environment. They dislike ‘micromanagement’, but they enjoy contributing to a team environment. They also want meaningful work and to know they are contributing to a greater cause. Despite their reputation, millennials are as committed to their work as other generations. 


Generation X spans between 1965 and 1980. They are known as the sandwich generation as they are stuck between the two most highly populus generations. Many studies talk about Gen X as the forgotten generation of the workplace. But bring incredible value into the workplace as hardworking and diligent employees. 

This group is also known to be adaptable, and proficient with technology and systems. Due to the increased technological changes that they grew up with and that they have adopted into their work practices. 


Due to the age bracket of Boomers (born between 1946-1964) this generation of employees are known to have a harder time acquiring work when job hunting. This is based on the assumption that they are less adaptable and also close to retirement. However some studies suggest that boomers want to stay in the workforce for longer. And are choosing to continue working well into their retirement years. 

Boomers are known to be reliable workers, who like working in an office and their self worth often comes from their work. They highly value professionalism and workplace etiquette, and are known to stick to one workplace rather than move around.  

Shopless will help you to find your next job.  Whichever generation you are in, we offer a great online marketplace for you to browse NZ jobs. If you are looking for a new job or if you are searching for an employee make sure to utilise our platform.