Police boss denies generational swipe over emojis

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Australia's top federal cop claims media reports on his comments about younger generations needing more praise in the workplace are wrong.

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw fronted a Senate estimates committee hearing on Thursday, where he was being asked about the force's recruitment and retention programs.

Mr Kershaw said the "next generation only need (praise) three times a year, and my generation only need it once a year".

"The world's changing, I guess ... you know a happy face - that can actually mean the opposite in Gen Z land," he told the hearing.

But in a statement released on Friday, the federal police said media coverage had been inaccurate.

"Reports that AFP Commissioner believes different generations require different level of praise are incorrect," the statement reads.

"The commissioner was referring to information recently presented to a policing forum."

The hearing was told the latest survey of employees found a drop in staff experiencing bullying or harassment, due to efforts by the AFP to improve culture.