Generation Z or Gen Z, the digital-native post-millennials born from the mid-nineties onward, are entering the world of work. What do employers expect of this generation and how far will organisations adapt for them?
According to recruiting experts Hays, in the latest edition of the Hays Journal, they’ll need skills that can’t be automated, understanding of the values held by older colleagues and the ability to moderate their need for instant gratification.
“For Generation Z, the workplace is exciting but daunting,” says Lynne Roeder, Managing Director of Hays in Singapore. “This group grew up during the 2008 financial crisis and with threats from global terrorism and political uncertainty in the Middle East.”
“It has made them more self-aware, self-reliant and driven. They are realistic, goal-oriented innovators who are constantly connected and ambitious. But they seek instant gratification and feedback, which a workplace does not always provide. They also know they’ll retire at an older age, so they want work to fit around their lives.”
“But for this to be a reality, Gen Z will need to have the skills employers’ demand, particularly as there is and will be more automation in the workplace. They must also find ways to finance their life choices if salary increases remain smaller than they once were, and other factors such as the cost of renting or buying their own home take their toll.”
Lynne also says that, Gen Z – like any new generation to the world of work – need to learn workplace etiquette and understand the values held by older colleagues, even for seemingly simple things such as acceptable use of a mobile phone at work.
Pointing to Gen Z’s ability to multitask as a key advantage, employers must appreciate how using different devices is such an integral part of this generation’s life. Their attention span is short, but their ability to use different screens at the same time means they are often better at multi-tasking than other generations.
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