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Master of Human Resource Mgt


Human Resource Management


There are currently four distinct generations in today's workforce (Veterans, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials). This presents unique challenges for employers since each of these generations is affected and shaped by different events in their lives, which define the values they bring to work. These differences can be increasingly difficult to manage and may lead to conflicts. Significant research has been conducted in this area, but little has focused on public sector employees, specifically sworn law enforcement officers. This research examines whether generational differences observed in society as a whole are the same as those differences found in law enforcement officers from different generational backgrounds. The data tends to support that differences do exist and that police officers within the Chesterfield County Police Department do not believe that the organization is generationally competent. This oversight adversely affects the retention efforts of the department.