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Are The Faithful@Work an Endangered Species?

VOCA’s Life@Work Series



Every year VOCA asks “How is work going?” We do this to keep our content and programs fresh.  We do this annually to avoid the catastrophe described in this ancient wisdom saying: 


“If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.” Proverbs 18:13


In this installment, we look at one of the most interesting findings on the differences between the generations and its sobering implications for those of us urging Christ followers to follow him wholeheartedly at work. 


Key Finding: Boomers look to their faith at work exponentially more than other generations.



DEFINING THE GENERATIONS

Boomers: born between 1945 and 1964

Generation X: born between 1964 and 1979

Millennials: born between 1980 and 1995.

Generation Z: born in or after 1996.


In the above chart, when we look at where people turn for wisdom to address their work challenges, Boomers turn to their faith more than anything else.  All the other generations turn to people at work and themselves more readily. 


This may mean that the idea of integrating your faith at work (actively following God in your career, depending on him to help you navigate work challenges, and a commitment to honor him above all else), is effectively dying out as the boomers retire and leave the workplace. 


How will we pass on a practical and relevant faith to the emerging generations?  Listening closely and working towards innovation are the implications for all of us who know the power of whole-life discipleship to Jesus.


Want More?

This is just one of 100s of insights from our annual study of life at work. If you’re trying to navigate the dynamics of a changing workplace, lead others well, and understand your colleagues, our full report will provide you with the data you need to be wise at work.  


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