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3 Things Employers Need to Know About Gen Z

Here’s what you need to know about this up-and-coming generation before they step foot in your workplace

Gen Z is entering the workforce, and they have their own way of doing things. Far from a continuation of Millennials, Gen Z is already shaping up to be a practical, financially-savvy, technology-driven generation.

How Gen Z Prefers to Communicate at Work

Similar to Millennials, Gen Z does not want to pick up the phone and call you. According to a recent New York Post article, this generation prefers to text, often with abbreviations and emojis.

This may seem too informal, but the reason behind it is that Gen Z prefers to get right to the point. They don’t care for pretense or tradition—they want to be effective and brief in their communication.

Staying Home is the New Going to Work

To Gen Z, “work is not a place you go to, it is something that you do when you are with your technology,” according to Tauseef Rahman, a principal at Mercer, a global human resources consultancy.

For employers, this means ‘work from home’ or ‘telecommute’ days should be a given, not an extra perk. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have to worry about your office setting.

Gen Z will still appreciate a “cool” office space, but they’re not looking for ping-pong tables or dog-friendly workspaces. They’d rather have ample, light-filled spaces, and sit-stand desks. With Gen Z, small gestures, like a standing desk, can go a long way.

Gen Z is Very Feedback-Driven

In The Center for Generational Kinetics’ State of Gen Z ® study, we discovered that 60% of Gen Z workers want multiple check-ins from their managers during the week. In fact, of those, 40% want an interaction with their boss daily or several times each day.

According to the NY Post, since the unemployment rate is so low, this generation has the upper hand in the employee-employer relationship. These key points are crucial to know before hiring Gen Z, but they are only the beginning! For a deeper dive into what Gen Z values in the workplace, check out CGK’s original findings here.

Want to Solve Your Gen Z Challenges?

We lead national and international Gen Z, Millennial, and generational studies for our clients every day. We also keynote events around the world, helping businesses better understand their customers and workforce.

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