According to the latest Randstad Workmonitor, 86 per cent of employees around the world prefer to work in a multi-generational team as they believe an age-diverse team can help promote innovation. More than eight in 10 said that they are already working in a multi-generational team. A multi-generation team is defined to be made up of coworkers with a decade or more difference in age.

employees in asia prefer their direct managers to be their age or older

Almost seven in 10 employees around the world said that they prefer that their direct managers be their age or older. This sentiment is higher in Asia, with 83 per cent of the respondents saying that they would rather work with a manager who is older than them. This is a reflection of a typical Asian culture where people tend to value status and seniority at the workplace over learnability and competence.

In Singapore, 79 per cent want to work with a manager who is older than them.

Jaya Dass, Managing Director, Randstad Singapore said, "Having to report to someone who is younger may cause conflict in the company as coworkers may question their authority to lead due to the lack of experience. However, employers sometimes need to make difficult decisions and risk possible conflict situations as they plan for the future. It is also no longer possible to avoid working in an age-diverse workforce in a country with an ageing population. A multi-generation workforce works best only when people put aside age differences and focus on the determining factors of a future leader such as leadership skills, competency, learnability and ability to influence."

managing an age-diverse team proves to be tough in asia

The notion of respect in the Asian culture can be witnessed in the workplace as managers tend to treat colleagues differently based on their age. Seven in 10 respondents across Asia said that their direct managers treat their colleagues from various generations differently. This sentiment is the highest in Hong Kong SAR (80 per cent) and mainland China recorded the lowest (67 per cent).

An age-diverse workforce can be challenging as leaders may feel overpowered by an experienced and mature coworker as compared to a younger executive who may request for more autonomy at work.

asians more concerned about meeting immediate deadlines than long-term goals

Less than four in 10 employees around the world are concerned about their future accomplishments than their immediate tasks. Employees and job seekers in Asia are also more likely to prioritise their daily tasks as compared to achieving future goals (71 per cent).

As compared to the other three Asian markets, employees and job seekers in Singapore are more likely to think about and act on their future career goals.

"The increasingly competitive job market forces employees and job seekers in Singapore to think more about their future. A long-term vision provides people with a direction of what they need to do in order to attain their goal and encourages them to discuss their career development path with their managers," Dass added.

Randstad’s Workmonitor is a quarterly research on global employment trends. The 2018 quarter two research was conducted between April and May 2018. A minimum sample size of 400 interviews is required in each market.

randstad workmonitor 2018 Q2 results

"I prefer my direct manager to be my age or older." (%)

age diversity in the workplace statistics

"My direct manager treats colleagues from various generations differently." (%)

 challenges of age diversity in the workplace

"I am more concerned with my daily work than any future accomplishments." (%)

daily tasks vs future goals

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about the randstad workmonitor

The Randstad Workmonitor was launched in the Netherlands in 2003, then in Germany, and now covers 33 markets around the world. The last market to join was Portugal in 2014. The study encompasses Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. The Randstad Workmonitor is published four times a year, making both local and global trends in mobility visible over time. The Workmonitor’s Mobility Index, which tracks employee confidence and captures the likelihood of an employee changing jobs within the next six months, provides a comprehensive understanding of sentiments and trends in the job market. Besides mobility, the survey addresses employee satisfaction and personal motivation as well as a rotating set of themed questions. The study is conducted online among employees aged 18 to 65, working a minimum of 24 hours a week in a paid job (not self-employed). The minimum sample size is 400 interviews per market. The Survey Sampling International (SSI) panel is used for sampling purposes. The second survey of 2018 was conducted from 23 April to 14 May 2018.

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