Gen Z is coming full force into the workspace and the eldest of them is now 23 years old on average. This is a bigger group compared to the millennials, youths and young adults born in the region of the mid-90s to late 2000s have thus been named Gen Z. employers are understandably excited with the influx of new talent into the workforce. The word of caution here is that with the talent also comes a very short attention span, perhaps even shorter than the millennials and they have very high expectations from their employers.
With this inflow of new talent, the workplace is going to undergo tremendous changes and these tips will help you prepare for their arrival
- Brand yourself as a tech-based company
These group of people heard around the technologically driven spaces and you need to leverage on the technology and collaboration strategies that these tech-based spaces offer. This is observable in big companies such as Google, Amazon, and Apple who are in three of the top six most desirable employers thus a lot of students straight out of school are hoping to go work there. If you aren’t a tech startup, you can also be tech inclusive in your day to day activities and make your workplace technological driven.
When you have a seamless and functional space where these groups of people can get the most from the digital age we now live in, you will be a draw to these new talents. Gen Z prioritizes their ability to access new information and get in touch with people instantly and they expect this to be applicable with the day to day communication and workflow in the office.
- Real-Time Development
A lot of people looking to work in spaces where they can grow and this is somewhere at the top of the list of what Gen Z is looking for in companies. This is one major factor that will also determine if you can hold on to talents that you successfully recruit. Generation Z is avid learners and they pick up new skills very quickly so you must create an environment that enables their expansion of skillset via various development opportunities and constantly give and get feedback from them. Have a timeline. Define all of the available opportunities clearly and establish proper channels for feedback and mentorship. Development is a crucial part of what will keep them happy and firing on all cylinders.
- Listen Well
Gen Z is a very curious bunch and they want to be part of the solution and push forward. Always ask for their opinions and their input in critical decisions. Implement some of their workable ideas and have them champion the efforts to bring it to fruition. Their contributions are very helpful and hey may improve a product line, increase efficiency or even change the overall culture of your company to align with current trends. This is a win-win for you at the end of the day.