“Gen Z” is the youngest generation you will see currently beginning their careers. The oldest members of the generation are currently in their mid-20s and were born in the mid-1990s through the late 2000s. The future of work is here, with different expectations and mindsets on many topics and the notion of the work itself. It is imperative that employers understand the new generation as they enter the workforce and reshape the traditional workplace norms.
What is important to Gen Z in the workplace?
1) Technology advancement
This generation doesn’t know a time without technology at the forefront of their day-to-day lives. This generation will utilize research and social media to the fullest when deciding their career choices. They are tech-savvy, guiding technology trends and value when their user experience meets their preferences. It is a norm for this group to compile research and data on a company before even pressing submit on an application.
2) Job Security and Advancement
Growing up in a time of uncertainty, concerns surrounding economic growth and being named the largest group of unemployed workers of all generations, this generation values stability. This group strives for a low-risk career with development opportunities and employers that value their contribution. This generation holds career advancement and growth opportunities as a priority when deciding on career options or between employers. They also value employers that can offer them independence and flexible working arrangements. Work-life balance, remote work opportunities, and offering a flexible working schedule are key when trying to recruit and retain this generation.
3) Inclusive Workforce
This generation not only understands the importance of working with a team comprised of different cultures, skill levels and educational backgrounds, but they find it imperative. This generation cares about societal impact, and they want to be offered opportunities in a workplace that engages all communities. This group wants to see diversity, equity, and inclusion as a priority.
4) Mental Health is a Priority
With the cost of living, cost of education and, as mentioned earlier, being named the largest group of unemployed workers of all generations, it is common for this generation to experience high-stress levels. Offering workplace perks and positive culture that show you value your employee’s mental health is imperative for this generation. Paid personal days off, encouraging your employees to disconnect, incorporating employee assistance programs, respecting personal time, and implementing flexible working schedules are among the most important “perks” to this group.
5) This generation wants to be heard
This generation values not only innovation but being a part of the process. They want their opinions to be heard, knowledge to be shared, and their value to be noticed. This group wants to be a part of the strategy meetings, they want to share their insight, and most importantly, they want to be respected, despite just entering the workforce. Create a workplace culture that fosters collaboration with all groups and generations and encourages team bonding and social activities.
Overall, this group is the newest workforce to join the generation, with a huge amount of value to add. This generation will be loyal to the employers that provide the workplace culture and environments they can thrive in. Ensuring your company is offering what this generation deems as necessary will provide an extra edge when recruiting and retaining this group.
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