Author: Future Manager Research Center
The youngest members of the workplace in modern society are no longer “Millennials”, “Gen Z” has begun to replace them. Their values and habits are gradually changing the way they work in the workplace.
According to the BBC News report, the modern workplace is having difficulty defining the specific age range of “Generation Z”. Different experts have their own point of views, but it is basically certain that the oldest generation is about 22 years old, some of which “Gen Z” members have left school and started working in the workplace to make a living. Perhaps in the near future, the lifestyles of “Gen Z” and their values will change the workplace.
A professor at New York University said that “Generation Z” has reached out to many social media, including Instagram, during their growth. They have the tendency to actively seize the opportunities of entrepreneurship in many different ways. They are also the first generation to use the micro-entrepreneurship as their main way of earning a living, and are no longer limited to a stable full-time work.
For Gen Z, they grew up in the digital age, and the flexible, free, open, and inclusive working methods have always been their career choices. At the same time, more than any generation, these young professionals need a transparent workplace, fair pay, and work-life balance. They are willing to work hard for it, because they set a clear career path for themselves when they are young. They are pragmatic and motivated. They know how to calculate risk and how to magnify their talents through hard work.
From any perspective, Gen Z is by far the most diverse generation. When they choose an employer, “values” are often the most critical factor. They want to join a company who they share the same values with and grow with them.
How companies need to do to attract Gen Z talents? Create a more flexible work culture
A survey found that smartphone users check the phone on average 150 times a day, which proves that “Gen Z” is used to checking email at work anytime, anywhere. So the combination of work and life is extremely important. Companies need to invest in technologies and tools that connect employees, such as online systems that share files and information.
IT professionals must ensure that the enterprise’s network architecture can be connected for a long time, and can manage various types of high-data-volume mobile devices and manage future enterprise development. In summary, the ability to connect to the Internet directly affects work flexibility, and the increase in work flexibility can increase productivity, expand business flexibility, and reduce costs.
It is important that companies continue to improve their understanding and strategically adjust corporate structure, culture, values and communication strategies so Gen-Z can work and live happily in a more efficient, warm and civilized society.