Degree Name

Master of Public Administration

Department or Program

Public Administration


NewMyer, David


This paper identifies and discusses generational effects on public administration, particularly in the field of public administration and public policy. Specifically, it is the conclusion here that identifying the different perspectives, attitudes, and behaviors exhibited by the five traditional generational groups (traditionalists/veterans, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y/Millenials, and Generation Z) will assist managers in the public sector field to better communicate with their employees, thus resulting in a more effective working environment through enhancing organizational cohesion and cooperation. A phenomenological mixed method will be employed, utilizing peer-reviewed literature and governmentally issued statistics. Discussion of these aspects follows below and includes an argument for the potential implications of these communication issues for public administration and how understanding generational differences can strengthen work relationships and maximize employee performance. The study highlights the importance of addressing the generational gap in the workplace to ensure it is an asset as opposed to a liability