A comparative analysis of the work values of Greece's ‘Millennial’ generation

Emmanouil Papavasileiou, Sean T. Lyons

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    This study adds to the growing body of international evidence concerning the millennial generation (i.e. those born after 1980), by documenting the work values of millennial-aged undergraduate students (N ¼ 649) in Greece, using an adapted version of the Lyons Work Value Survey. Our results show that millennial-aged Greeks place most importance on intrinsic and social aspects of work, and less importance on extrinsic and prestige values. We statistically compare our results to those of published studies of millennial-aged respondents from other countries and find that Greek respondents hold a unique work value profile, although they demonstrate some similarities to counterparts in other countries. Our findings do not clearly support the notion of a ‘global youth generation’, as young people in various countries hold different work value priorities. This suggests that employers seeking to recruit, engage and retain young workers internationally must tailor their offerings to the specific cultural context.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2166–2186
    JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
    Issue number17
    Early online date1 Dec 2014
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015


    • cross-national comparison
    • generational identity
    • Greece
    • Millennials
    • work values


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