This study uses a sample of 832 Canadian public servants to test a theoretically derived framework which hypothesizes that generational cohort: (1) predicts the importance public servants place on intrinsic and extrinsic work values, (2) predicts the perceived availability of such rewards in public service workplaces, and (3) impacts the relationship between perceived availability of important rewards, organizational commitment, and job satisfaction. Our study adds to the limited body of research on generational cohort and work values in the public service. Generational cohort had little impact on the importance of work values, but did predict perceived availability of work-rewards and the relationship between perceived availability of important rewards, organizational commitment, and job satisfaction. Findings could help public service organizations' recruitment and retention efforts.

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Keywords Différence générationnelle, Engagement organisationnel, Fonction publique, Generational difference, Millennials, Millénaires, Organizational commitment, Public service, Valeurs professionnelles, Work values
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1002/cjas.1485
Journal Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences
Citation
Smith, C. (Christopher), Halinski, M. (Michael), Gover, L. (Laura), & Duxbury, L. (2018). Generational Differences in the Importance, Availability, and Influence of Work Values: A Public Service Perspective. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences. doi:10.1002/cjas.1485