Elissa Davis

Date Approved


Date Posted


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School


First Advisor

Salar Mesdaghinia

Second Advisor

Fraya Wagner-Marsh


Over the past few decades, there has been much discussion about the Millennial generation and workplace behavior. A vast amount of research has analyzed how Millennials differ from previous generations. This research study focuses on the work values of Millennials. The purpose of this research is to collect data that organizations can use to help manage and retain Millennials who are currently in the job market or entering the job market. A survey of 140 students at Eastern Michigan University showed that on average Millennial students put significantly more emphasis on instrumental values compared to cognitive, altruistic/social, and prestige values. In addition, they put significantly more emphasis on cognitive compared to altruistic/social and prestige values and they put significantly more emphasis on altruistic/social values compared to prestige values. Implications of these findings are discussed.