Attitudes toward Supervision

Attitudes toward Supervision

As we have understood by now, the differences between generations are mostly along the lines of levels of contribution toward the success of the organization, and qualities in a desired leader.

  • Traditionals suggest that success can be achieved through meeting deadlines, while the three younger generation feel technology plays a vital role in success.
  • In comparison, the three older generations ─ Traditionals, Boomers & X-ers ─ prefer their leader to be a person with credibility; Y-ers accept a leader with great listening powers.

Every generation has their own view on the style of supervision and feedback process they prefer in workplace.

  • Younger workers dislike the regular and close supervision style, but prefer strong and clear leadership, and are receptive toward feedback.
  • On the contrary, older workers like Traditionals & Boomers like a close working relationship with their supervisor, but avoid feedback and feel insulted by it.


Though there are differences across generations there are similarities too.

  • All workers want the freedom to work.
  • All generations agree that if work is over, there is no reason to stay in office. They want to set their own hours.
  • The majority of workers believe that fairness is the most important aspect of workplace culture.