It’s now time for Generation Z (also known as the iGeneration) to join our workplace. This means we need to prepare ourselves for this new wave of workers. We can begin by trying to understand them.
Generation Z is anyone who was born in the mid 90’s to the early 2000’s. They are a unique group unlike any generation before them and are the first generation who have grown up within the digital age.
There are certain things that you will need to do if you want to attract this generation to your workplace.
Generation Z are very big on job security.
This generation were only kids when the recession hit. They saw their parents take the blunt force of this. Therefore they know from experience how difficult it can be, which has made them more needful of job security.
Top Tip: Try to be as open as honest with this generation about the job at hand. Also try to reassure them that your company will look after them.
Generation Z are competitive.
Due to the fact that they are so big on job security, this has made this generation more competitive. Because they all want a good stable job they feel like they are in competition with themselves and other generations to land this. It’s safe to say the love good competition.
Top Tip: It may be worth introducing group interviews to your recruitment process. This will excite this generation and will get them more interested in your company.
They are techy…. hence the iGeneration.
You can’t blame this generation for being obsessed with their techy gadgets. They literally grew up with the internet. They were old enough as kids to remember the time of landlines and dial-up internet and literally evolved with it. They are the first to know about the latest gadgets, updates and online trends. Their relationship with technology is more instinctual than any other generation.
Top Tip: The worst thing to do/say to this generation is to snub their relationship with their tech. Their obsessed with it, deal with it, it’s never going to change and in fact it’s only going to get more intense. So it’s best to turn to terms with everything techy and try to accept it.
They have probably taken a ‘gap year.’
Ahh, the famous gap year! Don’t be put off if you have learned they have taken a gap year. This is actually quite common with this generation. As long as they have developed some good skills then there shouldn’t be a problem.
Top Tip: Find out what they did during their gap year? If they’ve travelled, did a work placement or volunteered, ask them about it. And if they’ve sat around doing nothing for a year, then that says it all!!!
They may want flexible working hours.
Most of the people in this generation will want flexible working hours at least offered to them. They might not always take it but knowing that they have the option will is defiantly a positive for them. Although this generation are very eager to start working they are also very passionate about their own personal time.
Top Tip: This generation’s motto could easily be work hard play harder. So keep this in mind in your workplace, offer things like ‘work from home days.’
Generation Z have the lowest attention span.
Their generation has a lower attention span than any other generation with only 8 seconds. So you’ll need to get your point across quite quick. They have probably lost interest in this article already!!
Top Tip: Keep it short & sweet when communicating with them. No long PowerPoints or meetings. It won’t be beneficial to them or you.
Despite this, they are very good multi-taskers.
They are pro’s at multi-tasking. They can handle multiple tasks at once. There so used to flicking between app and app that they have perfected this skill over time. Don’t see it as a bad thing if they look at their phone from time to time, they’ll only look for a few seconds (8 max) before returning to the task at hand.
Top Tip: Don’t be afraid to give this generation multiple tasks at once. They will probably prefer this as it gives them the chance to switch between tasks. This will stop them losing interest or getting bored and shutting down all together.
Generation Z are money driven and entrepreneurial.
One of this generation’s biggest love is money! And they are determined to work hard and earn it. They are also 55% more entrepreneurial than any other generation and 60% more likely to change the world.
Top Tip: They will want to learn all the skills in the world off you, so let them! But don’t be offended if they leave to start their own venture. Let them spread their wings!!
Generation Z are an interesting bunch so welcome them with open arms into your workplace. They will bring with them their fresh, positive outlook on life (so don’t crush their dreams too soon). They will also be really good at fixing any techy problems you will have in your workplace. Trust us!!