SINGAPORE: Less than half of Singapore employees believe their organisations are well prepared to meet the needs of Generation Z workers, according to a Randstad survey report released on Tuesday (Jan 13).
Only 53 per cent of the employees polled said their companies were ready, despite 66 per cent indicating that this generation of workers, between 14 and 19 years, will be essential for driving innovation, the Randstad Workmonitor survey report said.
These findings are “concerning”, according to Associate Director at Randstad Singapore Jaya Dass, as these Gen Z workers will enter the workforce in the next few years.
“Now, more than ever, business leaders will need to adapt their talent management strategies to cover an incredibly diverse workforce, as they manage employees from their late teens to those about to hit retirement,” Ms Dass said.
“To successfully integrate the next generation into the workplace, employers need to understand the unique characteristics of Generation Z, which is typically associated with coveting greater work-life balance, increased workplace flexibility and more rapid advancement opportunities,” she added.
GEN Z TO LEAD IN USE OF TECH
The executive added that each generation has unique workplace expectations, working styles and skills. Gen Z workers, for example, are expected to be comfortable with online collaboration tools and tech platforms, she said.
In fact, 68 per cent of current employees believe these workers will be able to teach them a lot about the use of technology, Ms Dass said.
“Workers from mature generations may need additional time and more in-depth training before they are fully comfortable with using business technology platforms, and employers can engage the skills of Generation Z workers to provide mentorship to older workers,” she added.
Randstad’s Q4 Workmonitor survey was conducted between Oct 23 and Nov 5, and sampled more than 400 respondents in Singapore. The quantitative study is conducted via an online questionnaire among a population aged 18-65, working a minimum of 24 hours a week in a paid job and not self-employed.
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