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A socio-emotional regulatory intersection between elder and younger individuals across their career-span in an organization offer insight into inter-generational motivational differences. When applied through an organizational hierarchy of needs framework a combined psychological pathway of organizational motivation (OM); and return on investment (ROI) can explain aspects of an individual’s organizational engagement. This quantitative study of 199 College of Organizational Psychologist members supports OM as an intermediary between ROI and three deliverance levels of organizational engagement (vision, mission and goals). This study shows socio-emotional regulation (in an organizational context) and OM (as a hierarchical engagement tool) as conjointly influencing OM so that individuals can better bridge inter-generational gaps. Further, an OM approach used strategically when attracting employees with talent, when developing talent, and when integrating generations can add to the organization’s competitive position.