The Relationship between Work and Home: Examination of White and Blue-Collar Generational Differences in a Large U.S. Organization


The popular press and some practitioner and empirical articles have emphasized work-related generational differences, describing the recent influx of “Gen Y” employees as being less work-centric, more likely to value work and home, and more concerned with achieving work-life balance than “Gen X” or “Baby Boomer” employees. In the current paper, we examine these constructs, focusing on whether such generational differences, if present, extend equally to “white” and “bluecollar” employees. Survey data from 3171 white and blue-collar employees of a large U.S. company revealed that these characterizations were principally found among the white-collar, Gen Y employees. We discuss possible reasons for these findings and question the degree to which generational differences versus workplace experiences shape employee’s work-home relationship.

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Moore, S. , Grunberg, L. & Krause, A. (2014). The Relationship between Work and Home: Examination of White and Blue-Collar Generational Differences in a Large U.S. Organization. Psychology, 5, 1768-1776. doi: 10.4236/psych.2014.515183.

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