National Survey: 2024 Resolutions

We recently conducted a national survey asking the generations about their resolutions for 2024. We hope some of these insights can help as you create workplace cultures, benefits, learning and development programs and overall awareness on how best to bridge generation gaps.

Each generation’s resolutions reflect their unique experiences, values, and stages in life. Let’s explore what New Year’s resolutions look like for each generation…

Baby Boomers (born 1946 – 1964)

  1. Health and Wellness: As they age, Boomers increasingly prioritize their health. This includes managing chronic conditions, staying active, and maintaining a balanced diet.
  2. Retirement Planning: For those who are retired or nearing retirement, resolutions often focus on making the most of their retirement years, be it through budgeting, estate planning, or adjusting to a new lifestyle.
  3. Family and Relationships: Many Boomers resolve to spend more time with their loved ones, particularly grandchildren, and strengthening familial bonds.

Generation Xers (1965 – 1979)

  1. Saving for Retirement: As they edge closer to retirement, Gen Xers are increasingly focused on financial security in their later years. Resolutions often involve boosting retirement savings or investing in pension plans.
  2. Health Maintenance: At this life stage, maintaining health becomes crucial. Regular health screenings, adopting healthier diets, and staying active are top priorities.
  3. Personal Development: Many in this generation resolve to pursue personal interests, whether it’s learning a new skill, traveling more, or rediscovering long-forgotten hobbies.

Millennials (1980 – 1994)

  1. Financial Stability: Millennials, now well into their careers and family life, are focusing on financial goals. Paying off student loans, saving for a house, or investing in retirement plans are common resolutions.
  2. Work-Life Balance: As they balance professional ambitions with personal commitments, Millennials often strive for a healthier work-life balance. Resolutions may include setting boundaries at work, allocating time for family, or pursuing hobbies.
  3. Health and Fitness: With a growing awareness of health issues, many Millennials resolve to stay fit and healthy. This includes regular exercise, healthy eating, and regular health check-ups.

Generation Zers (1995 – 2012)

  1. Focus on Mental Health: Growing up in a time of rapid change and global challenges, Gen Z has become increasingly vocal about mental health. Their resolutions often include practices that promote mental well-being, such as mindfulness, therapy, and digital detoxes.
  2. Career Advancement: As they step into the workforce, many in Gen Z aim to carve out successful career paths. Their resolutions are geared towards professional development, enhancing skills, and finding jobs that not only pay well but also bring a sense of purpose.
  3. Sustainability and Environment: This environmentally conscious generation often sets resolutions to live more sustainably. They’re committed to reducing their carbon footprint through lifestyle changes like adopting a plant-based diet, minimizing waste, and supporting eco-friendly brands.

Resolutions – New Year’s or others – across generations reveal a tapestry of priorities and values, from the youthful ambition of Gen Z to the reflective goals of the Boomers. Clearly as we try to understand and even cater to each generation, one size does not fit all.