A lot of people underestimate the change that will come with having Gen Z in the workplace. Gen Z is unlike any other generation, which means that they are going to impact the workplace in a big way.
We’ve looked into the major changes coming to the work place in the next few years, and we suggest that you start preparing now if you want the best out of your Gen Z workers.
What Does Having Gen Z in the Workplace Mean for a Business?
They Crave Feedback and Validation
Gen Z have grown up with social media and the online world, which means that they are used to instant feedback and information being readily available. This is something that they will also benefit from in the workplace. Gen Z employees crave instant feedback and validation for the work that they do, as it encourages them to work harder and do more. It’s not simply enough to schedule reviews every once in a while, Gen Z will want regular feedback.
They Have a Strong Desire for a Work/Life Balance
There has been a big focus on self-care and a good work/life balance in recent years, something that Gen Z has been a big part of. This means that the generation seeks a positive working environment that allows them to have a good work/life balance. A Gen Z employee is unlikely to settle for a role that is lacking in positive relationships and adequate time to have a personal life.
They’re a Fully Digital Generation
Gen Z is the first generation that is fully digital, which means that they place a huge emphasis on technology and the latest digital advances. This is something that we’ve taken into account and are planning on capitalising on. Gen Z employees are likely to look for workplaces that offer digital opportunities such as remote working and video chats, which we’re incorporating into our culture.
This also means that having Gen Z in the workplace means being able to use more technology than ever before, as individuals will have a good grasp on its use and benefits.
They Want to Be Valued and Appreciated
Whereas past generations have always been taught to accept and deal with unfair managers and negativity at work, Gen Z have not. Gen Z won’t accept being treated poorly in the workplace.
Their focus is on feeling valued, appreciated and a key part of the team. Feeling part of the community you have created at work is crucial to them and leaving them out in any way shape or form will be detrimental to both parties.