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War for Talent: Career Expectations of Millennial Employees in Sri Lanka

Thilakshi Kodagoda and Nadeesha Deheragoda

Millennial Asia, 2021, vol. 12, issue 2, 209-228

Abstract: The purpose of this research is to examine millennials’ work aspirations and how different factors affect their career expectations in Sri Lanka. This study used mixed method. Ten respondents were selected using purposive sampling for the qualitative study, and another fifty respondents were selected for the quantitative phase. Total sample size was 60. Data collected was from a sample of males and females born between 1982 and 2000. This study found that millennials are willing to go outside of their job description to gain professional growth and career development. They do not consider a long-term relationship with an organization if basic career expectations have not been considered or met. Millennials are serious job hoppers. Therefore, organizations would benefit from using two dimensions, relational and transactional, to design a management development programme to those who are confronted by war for talent and limited resources in meeting millennials’ expectations. This study expands geographical scope of the literature providing new research avenues.

Keywords: Millennial executive; career expectations; psychological contract; Sri Lanka (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1177/0976399621990542

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