What Generations X, Y and Boomers think about employer loyalty, respect for authority and retirement age Results of a CROP-Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés survey

Do different generations feel the same degree of loyalty to their employers? What age to they plan to retire? How do they feel about respect for authority? These are some of the questions examined in a recent CROP survey. the results of which will be disclosed by the Ordre des CRHA et CRIA du Québec (Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés) today, on the second day of its annual conference.

Employer loyalty
The CROP-Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés survey examined employees’ loyalty towards their employers, indicating that:

  • nine out of ten respondents were proud (very: 60%, somewhat: 31%) to work for their current employer, the most enthusiastic being respondents who said they were very satisfied with their work;
  • eight out of ten definitely (52%) or to some extent (28%) planned to work for their current employer for a long time; and
  • 53% of those surveyed said they would be prepared to change employers at any time if they were offered better working conditions: 30% totally agreed, while 23% somewhat agreed.
    • The percentage of respondents who agreed with this statement tended to decrease with age, dropping from 67% for those between 18 and 28 and 27% chez for those over 60.

“It is now generally considered fairly unlikely that newcomers to the workforce will work for the same company all their working lives. Nonetheless, it’s encouraging to see that a large majority of respondents are proud to work for their current employer,” commented Florent Francoeur, CHRP, President and CEO of Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés.

Respect for authority
Respondents were also asked their opinion on authority. The survey showed that:

  • most (89%), but not all, respondents had respect for authority; 43% are totally agreed that they always respected all their superiors’ decisions, as long as they’re ethical, even when they don’t agree with these decisions, while only 46% somewhat agreed;
  • no significant differences were noted among the different generations.

“These findings debunk another myth about generational differences in attitudes towards authority,” added Florent Francoeur.

Were any differences observed in respondents’ opinions about retirement conditions and anticipated retirement age? None seemed to be indicated since the survey showed that:

  • slightly more than one-third (36%) of employees work in organizations where the employer makes no contribution to their pension fund. A comparable percentage (35%) work for an employer that offers a pension fund and 24% for an employer that contributes to an RRSP.
  • the average expected retirement age is 61.5. Analysis of the findings indicates that self-employed workers plan to retire a little later (63.7) than employees (61.1).

The complete results of the CROP-Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés are available in PDF format.