Characteristics Of Baby Boomers

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3.3 Baby Boomers
Name and years born- Born between 1942 and 1960 (Thoni, 2002) / between 1946 and 1964 (Pennington-Gray and Lane, 2002) or according to Parry and Urwin (2011:80) they were born between 1943 and 1960. They are also known as Baby buster generation (Jorgensen, 2003).

Value systems- Their “character traits include a focus on high expectations, self-improvement, idealism and individualism” (Thoni, 2002). They are optimistic, values involvement, are workaholics, desire quality and personal fulfilment and believe education is a birthright (Bejtkovský, 2016).

This generation like to work efficiently and make every second count, for example they use the full eight hours of work and nothing less. This differs from generation x where they (generation x) would rather do their work in less time and leave work early (Thoni, 2002), this creates a generation gap. According to Kogan (2001)(Kogan, 2001) they want recognition, fame and praise from their employer. They live for “the now” and strive to have a rich existence (Jorgensen, 2003).
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