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    Generational Differences in the Workplace: Actual VS. Perceived by Rajasingh, James

    Generational interactions have been discussed in both popular literature and previous research; yet they predominantly focus on differences that arise between different generations. This paper focuses on generational interactions in the workplace by assessing the presence of actual differences and differences based off of incorrect perceptions. The study finds that while actual differences exist, they are outnumbered by incorrect perception-based differences. Of the ten tested workplace characteristics, the study finds actual differences in teamwork and collaboration, challenging assignments, and involvement in decision making, while differences within perception are present in work-life balance, flexible work arrangements, challenging assignments, teamwork and collaboration, and a financially rewarding job. The implications of these findings show that incorrect perceptions are present within the workplace across generations.