Today’s youngest workers are, on average, lazier and less selfless than previous generations. Many companies have been appealing to the Millennial Generation’s altruistic values as a tool to recruit young employees, “but that strategy’s not going to work any better now than it did 15 or 30 years ago,” says Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University. “It might even work a little less well.”

According to Twenge’s latest research, what has changed most about work values...

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