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Generation Z is Coming: Are You Ready for the New Workforce?
For a majority of employers, hiring members of Generation Z is going to be an exciting new challenge. Gen Z is mobile, hyper-connected, forward-thinking, and starting to make their entrance into the workforce. What exactly makes this generation unique and what will Gen Z bring to the workplace?
First off, who are they?
Technically speaking, Gen Z is made up of young adults born between 1996 and 2010. What this means is that it’s a whole generation of smart, engaging employees who don’t know a world without smartphones, laptops and Wi-Fi. As a result, they not only know their way around technology, they see their world through this technology. It affects the way they interact, work, communicate and consume information.
Like any generation, this one is made up of individuals, each of whom act and speak differently, with as many personalities are there are people. However, there are some defining characteristics that most members of Gen Z share – or at least make them stand out as someone of this young generation. They are a socially conscious generation that cares about face-to-face interactions (even if that’s through a device), and being happy and contributing to a greater cause. Because they’re coming of age during a period of general recession, they’re very grounded and willing to work hard for what they want, assuming they see the opportunities for rewards at the end.
Highlights of this generation
Whether you’re a Senior Executive, Entrepreneur, or Manager looking to better understand who you can expect to see coming through your doors in the next few years, here are 4 core highlights of what make Generation Z stand out from generations around them.
- They have high expectations.
Gen Z is a passionate group. They want to both innovate and make an impact, at least on a company level, if not on a societal level. They have high expectations for their work, needing to receive more than just a paycheck.
However, they are willing to work hard to meet these expectations. They are realistic about what it takes to reap these rewards. Offer a little something extra when it comes to putting together competitive packages to give to these young employees.
- They are more global.
Because Gen Z came in the era of social media, WiFi, and constant connections, the whole world has been at their fingertips since they’ve learned (to type) their ABCs. No longer limited by location, this global exposure brings about an international perspective, the ability to think globally, leading to different ways of communicating, behaving, and changing geographical expectations.
- They have a strong entrepreneurial spirit.
There are entrepreneurs in every generation, but what really sets Gen Z apart is an entrepreneurial spirit that seems to affect almost everyone. They’re all here to Do Something that leaves a mark. This is a spirit that can benefit any business greatly. Don’t keep members of this generation tied to a very specific job description – give them the room to be creative and innovate and surely, if they’ve got that Gen Z spirit, they’ll take it and run with it.
- They were born multi-tasking.
As a side effect of being constantly connected, Gen Z is ready to take on anything – even if it means doing many things at once. Do them a favour and ensure there’s plenty to do, and rest easy knowing that they actually are able to scroll through Facebook, prepare a presentation and answer 3 emails all at once.
Forbes found that by the time Generation Z enters the workplace in full, digital technology will be an aspect of almost any career path, meaning that things we see as extra skills now will quickly turn to essentials. This technology fundamentally changes the way they communicate, and the way they handle work tasks throughout the day.
Generation Z is a generation of people full of ambition and energy, unafraid to push for innovations, as innovations have become normal in their day to day lives. They want to make an impact on changing times. Solid salaries and out of the box benefits are things to consider when it comes to attracting this generation to become a valued part of your workforce. They will add great value to your business, in any industry.
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