Generation Z is here and ready to work. Who are they, what do they want and what are their expectations? Perhaps they are slackers like Gen X or feel they are entitle as the millennials do. Before we succumb to the pitfalls of stereotyping anyone, let’s look at who they are and what they want.
This generation grew up during the Great Recession. They watch their family members struggle with employment. This is the foundation for their interest in consistency. They value a steady pay check. Don’t be fooled, this generation puts less value on monetary incentives than career opportunities. These long term planners want to know what growth options are provided.
Autonomy is the name of the game for this new group of workers. The ancient standard hierarchy does not impress them. They value freedom. Chaining them to a cubical and giving them busy work in order to burn a full eight hours for the day does not excite them in the least. However, giving them an agenda and deadline will prove to be more beneficial. This generation grew up with technology in their hands at all times. Let them use it. However, don’t assume they are tech-savvy. Their multi-tasking skills are worth taking a chance on. They want to succeed, and they will if given the opportunity.
This post 9/11 generation had seen it’s fair share of changes. They understand the importance of staying flexible. As times change and new generations come along, we must also keep and open mind and remain flexible. This group of fresh eyes are eager to join the workforce. The question remains, how will we adapt to their expectations in order to capitalize on their potential?