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Sources:B. W. Roberts and D. Mroczek, “Personality Trait Change in Adulthood,” Current Directions in Psychological Science,no. 1, Vol. 17 (2008), pp. 31–35; “Five Ways to Change Your Personality,” CBS News(August 21, 2010), . An Ethical Choice Should You Try to Change Someone’s Personality? EBay’s young employees rank their employer as one of the best places to work for millennials. The company’s culture of fun, casual dress, and flexible work schedules that provide for a work/life balance appeal to Generation Y employees like those shown here at eBay’s offices in San Jose, California. Young employees say that eBay managers give them job responsibil-ity quickly, generous recognition for their achievements, and learn-ing opportunities to advance their careers. They also admire eBay’s “Social Venture” initiatives such as WorldofGood.com, eBay Giving Works, and MicroPlace that make a positive difference in the lives of people throughout the world. Source:Jim Wilson/The New York Times/Redux Picturess.
148CHAPTER 5Personality and Valueswith other generations over work attire and communication. They also like feedback. An Ernst & Young survey found that 85 percent of Millennials want “frequent and candid performance feedback,” compared to only half of Boomers. 71 Though it is fascinating to think about generational values, remem-ber these classifications lack solid research support. Recent reviews suggest many of the generalizations are either overblown or incorrect. 72 Studies that have found differences across generations do not support the popular conceptions of how generations differ, and most are plagued with method-ological problems that make it difficult to assess whether differences actually exist. One study that used an appropriate longitudinal design did find the value placed on leisure increased over generations from the Baby Boomers to the Millennials and work centrality has declined, but it did not find that Millennials had higher altruistic work values as expected. 73 Generational clas-sifications may help us understand our own and other generations better, but we must also appreciate their limits.