Although we don’t want to generalize, every generation seems to have some common traits and unique identifying characteristics. Much of this stems from their environment and how they were or are being raised.
As a small business employer, it helps to understand each of these generations, to know who they are, what defines them, and how to prepare your workplace.
Tips to Get Ready for Generation Z in the Workplace
Generation Z is loosely defined as those born starting around the mid-1990’s, as the next generation after millennials. By the end of next year, it’s estimated they’ll make up 20% of the workforce.
So what does this generation value, they who have never known life without a smart phone?
Various recent studies of Generation Z reveal a bit more about the expectations of this next generation of workers.
For instance, they are seeking employers that provide equal opportunity for pay and promotion along with the chance to learn professional skills.
They prefer personalized “micro experiences.” When shopping they expect their experiences to be “intuitive, seamless, and error-free.”
They tend to be more entrepreneurial than their millennial brethren. They’re persistent realists with a desire to make things happen. Perhaps that’s a result of their parents taking a beating after the 2008 recession.
They’re focused on skills. 89% said free-time activities were “devoted to productive and creative endeavors” instead of just “hanging out” with friends.
And in what is probably a source of comfort to us baby boomers, they actually prefer in-person communication. This, despite being born into a world of high technology.
The Generation Z infographic (courtesy of Fundera) below shines more light on the next generation in the workplace.
The kind of work spaces they prefer
The top 4 things to attract them as workers (it differs from the previous generation)
Their top expectations about staying at a job may surprise those of us who tended to stay in our jobs for extended periods.
Their top 4 strengths includes one that should appeal to all employers—they expect to work harder than previous generations.
With up to five generations in the modern multi-generational workforce, it pays to understand the nuances and expectations that define each one.
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