Technology changes so many aspects of our daily lives, that with the new rising generation, there is a new way of thinking, working, socializing, and a level of privilege when it comes down to what is worth working for. So what makes Generation Z different? What in their mindset changed from previous generations? And more importantly, how can you best prepare your workplace for Gen Z?
Generation Z has witnessed many failures in society; severe cuts in educational funding, economic downturns, and governmental fractures, and inefficiencies, which has led them to look for jobs that will give them security in the workplace.
To entice these fresh new talented minds, there needs to be a clear set of perks and benefits to working for your companyâ€”training, or education at a bargain price. Clear pathways for career progression and a pension plan also attracts your Gen Z employees.
Some generations typically present more appetite for risk. Gen Z isn’t one of them; Gen Z, as previously mentioned, has seen a range of institutional issues and collapsesâ€”including the 2008 recession. As such, Gen Z will seek out employers who can provide stability, and room for growth.
Gen Z also wants to save money as soon as possible to avoid the hardship of generations that came before them. As a business, you can highlight the importance of stability and display future plans like investing in skills, workplace programs, and personal development.
Generation Z has grown up on iPads, mobile phones, and laptops. Access to tools and automation, information, and guides means they’re not just tech-smart in terms of turning on a computer; they learned to code with online courses, use social media and online sharing platforms, and create contentâ€”just for fun.
These technologies are a part of Gen Z’s daily life, which means they lean towards jobs that use these skills. Equipping your staff with updated technology and software will support them in their work satisfaction. Encouraging the use of work-based mobile phone applications will diminish the idea that a mobile phone is forbidden, and instead reframe it as a useful company tool.
One of the exciting traits that many of Generation Z have is their competitive nature. They understand that to get what they want, they have to be creative and dedicated. Although Millennials hold the trophy for team working, Gen Z isn’t afraid of some healthy competition to meet their goals.
For your business, this means having a reward and recognition structure in place. This will allow your business to reward high-quality work, innovation, and effort. Check-ins with your Gen Z staff, or giving them opportunities to have conversations about performance is a positive way of fostering good competition habits.
It is always recommended to conduct background checks on employees, but you might also consider including a drug and health screening to your background checks to help ensure that there is no falsification or misinformation regarding the candidates’ history.
With such frequent exposure to social media, Gen Z is more tuned-in and active in regards to social issues. They are more open-minded than many generations before them, and expect to see that reflected within the company they choose to work for.
While your company should be making these changes already, if you want to attract and retain Gen Z talent, you must have authentic and honest policies. Support various charities and movements openly, and ensure that your company culture also fosters that open-mindedness.
Gen Z is rising into the business field, and it is time to prepare for how that is going to change your workforce culture. Each person will manifest their own unique point on the spectrum of Gen Z tendencies, but in general, you will find that a majority of Gen Z tend to have at least a measure of these characteristics which you can learn about and prepare for to better harness their strengths within your business.