Insights and strategies for an excellent working relationship with your young workers
Oh, the young and adventurous Generation Z! You may have noticed the new generation of employees entering the workforce. Here’s how to set them up for success.
Gen Z, typically born between 1997 – 2013, have some character traits that differentiate them from and complement other generations. Together, the different ages can blend to create a dynamic workplace!
As the youngest generation in the workforce, Generation Z differs from previous generations in several key ways.
Gen Z Workplace values
- Technology: Gen Zers are the first truly digital natives, having grown up with technology as a central part of their lives. They are comfortable using technology in the workplace and adept at increasing productivity and efficiency. These tech-savvy individuals want to work with the latest tools and technology to keep them ahead.
- Work-Life Balance: Flexibility is a strong Gen Z career track priority. They enjoy a healthy blend of work and life and seek employers who offer remote work options, flexible schedules, and other benefits that support a healthy work-life balance. As we’ve seen in recent employment trends among all ages and walks of life, the days of the strict in-office 8-5 schedule may be antiquated and worth rethinking to accommodate today’s workforce.
- Purpose: Gen Zers seek work that has meaning and purpose beyond just a paycheck. They are motivated by employers who positively impact the world, align with their values, and prioritize inclusiveness, flexibility, and a sense of belonging. Don’t underestimate this point – a company’s values and social responsibility are important factors in attracting and retaining these employees.
- Collaboration: Gen Z values collaboration and teamwork in the workplace and appreciates employers who foster a supportive and inclusive work environment. They strive to work with a collaborative team and value honest and open ideas and feedback.
- Mentorship: Gen Z values mentorship and opportunities for growth and development in the workplace. Employers should provide opportunities for learning and professional progression in their careers. They appreciate opportunities for growth and development, even if it doesn’t follow the traditional career ladder.
Overall, Gen Z is a diverse and tech-savvy generation that brings new ideas, perspectives, and work styles to the workplace. They care about a workplace that is meaningful, innovative, and empowering! Employers who understand and respond to their unique needs and preferences will be well-positioned to attract and retain this talented and motivated generation.