Thematic Analysis: Milennial Generation Retention in United States Public Sector Organizations

50 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2018

Date Written: August 30, 2018


The Millennial generation is expected to comprise nearly 34% of the labor force in 2024 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2012). A significant catalyst for the growth pattern is exhibited by Baby Boomer cohort retirement and deaths among them in the United States (Pew Research Center, 2016). The majority of the Baby Boomer generation is historically connected with public sector work, but the composition of the generational workplace/workforce has been altered to exhibit diverse needs and contributions. The Millennial cohort has characteristics that directly align with the premise of Public Sector Organizations. However, other attributes fail to align with the Public Sector Organization's core characteristic of bureaucracy.

Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014) the Millennial generation only made up 24.5% of government or public sector employees, compared to 33.7% in the private sector, and this statistic continues to be contemporarily disproportionate. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to identify and assess Public Sector Management strategies and interventions that would increase retention among the Millennial cohort in Public Sector Organizations. A qualitative study using a Thematic Analysis was done to examine whether a productive relationship between the United States Public Sector Organization and Millennial generation characteristics could increase retention. Based on an analysis of the research, the study finds that there is a significant relationship between the Millennial generation and the Public Sector Organization, which may cause an increase in retention if Public Sector Management aligns certain Public Sector Organization attributes to meet the needs of the Millennial generation.

Keywords: Millennial generation, Public Sector Organizations, Public Sector Management, Bureaucracy, Retention

Suggested Citation

Butler, Robin, Thematic Analysis: Milennial Generation Retention in United States Public Sector Organizations (August 30, 2018). 2018 Engaged Management Scholarship Conference: Philadelphia, PA, Available at SSRN: or

Robin Butler (Contact Author)

Coppin State University ( email )

Baltimore, MD 21216-3698
United States

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