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Colombian millennials at the workplace

Juan Pablo Roman-Calderon (Department of International Business, Universidad EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia)
Diego René Gonzales-Miranda (Department of International Business, Universidad EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia)
Gustavo A. García (Department of Economics, Universidad EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia)
Oscar Gallo (Department of Organization and Management, Universidad EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia)

Evidence-based HRM

ISSN: 2049-3983

Article publication date: 7 January 2019

Issue publication date: 11 November 2019




The purpose of this paper is to present a study on the antecedents of turnover intentions (TOI) of millennial Colombian employees. A theoretical model in which positive work-family interaction, professional respect (PR) and meaning predicted TOI is simultaneously tested in Millennials and Xers.


The authors used a multigroup structural equation approach to analyze the data provided by 2,157 Millennials and 279 Xers. Participants work in 11 companies from five Colombian cities. City, age, sex, tenure and wage are included as control variables to respond to some limitations of previous research and isolate the effects of age cohorts.


The results show differences in terms of some of the variables under study. Further, the effects of positive work-family interaction and PR on TOI were different from one age cohort to the other. The influence of meaning on the outcome variable was equal in Millennials and Xers but resulted positive.

Research limitations/implications

The authors studied an under-researched population, used rigorous analytical procedures to simultaneously test the hypotheses across generations, analyzed data from a large sample size and control for confounding variables identified by researchers inquiring generational differences at the workplace. By these means, the study contributes to literature on millennial employees and age diversity.


By studying an under-reseach population and using suitable analytical techniques, the study contributes to literature on millennial employees and age diversity.



Roman-Calderon, J.P., Gonzales-Miranda, D.R., García, G.A. and Gallo, O. (2019), "Colombian millennials at the workplace", Evidence-based HRM, Vol. 7 No. 3, pp. 249-261.



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