Work ethics of different generational cohorts in South Africa

  • Freda van der Walt Central University of Technology, Free State
Keywords: Generational differences, work ethics, Generation Y, Generation X, The Baby Boomers, hard work, delay of gratification, ethics/morality.


Although generational differences have been studied in developed countires, not much information is available about generational cohorts and how they differ in terms of work ethics in developing countries. A cross-sectional study was conducted with a sample of 301 respondents from South Africa. Work ethics of three generational cohorts were measured, namely the Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y. The main finding of this research was that statistically significant differences and similarities were found between the various generational cohorts in terms of work ethics facets. Statistically significant generational differences were indicated for hard work and delay of gratification. 

Author Biography

Freda van der Walt, Central University of Technology, Free State
Lecturer/Departmental ManagerDepartment of Business Management (HRM)Welkom campus


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