ORIENTATION : Currently there is much debate whether modifying traditional reward packages
to focus on the preferences of multi-generations would be essential in attracting, motivating
and retaining talent. Total reward factors, perceived organisational support and perceived
supervisor support are distinct but related concepts, all of which appear to influence an
employee’s decision to stay at an organisation.
RESEARCH PURPOSE : The objective of this study was to identify the different total reward
components that multi-generations prefer as most important for retention. In essence,
the study aims to establish possible relationships between multi-generations’ total reward
components, perceived organisational support, and perceived supervisor support.
MOTIVATION FOR THE STUDY : This study is useful as it conducts a contemporary retention
exploration that considers both the emerging demographic workforce shift and the new
paradigm shift towards talent management.
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY : A quantitative, cross-sectional research design was applied to gather
data from employees (N = 303) from different industry sectors in South African organisations.
MAIN FINDINGS : The results showed that performance management and remuneration are
considered to be the most important retention factors amongst multi-generation groups.
Differences between total reward preferences and demographical variables, which include
age, gender, race, industry and job level, were found.
PRACTICAL/MANAGERIAL IMPLICATIONS : Organisations should design their reward packages by taking employees preferences into account. More specifically, organisations should focus on
remuneration, performance management and development opportunities in order to retain
CONTRIBUTION/VALUE ADDITIONS : The results of the study can assist managers to design effective
retention strategies, whilst also providing crucial information for the retention and motivation