Now that you’ve finally gotten used to working with millennials, it’s time to shake things up again and welcome Generation Z to the workforce. Defined as those born in the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, the oldest crop is starting to graduate from college, so it’s important to learn more about these young professionals and the changes they’ll bring to your company.
5 Changes to Expect With Generation Z
- Not Afraid of Hard Work
Whether fair or not, millennials are plagued by the reputation of being entitled and self-absorbed, but Generation Z didn’t follow in their footsteps. Members of this group are willing to work hard in return for a competitive salary and benefits, so don’t be afraid to challenge them.
- Focused on Career Growth
Generation Z’s number-one priority is moving up the career ladder, according to a 2015 survey conducted by Fortune. Additionally, 27 percent of those surveyed think it’s only necessary to stay at their first job for a year or less, so if you want to retain these young workers, to offer professional development opportunities and clearly define the path to career advancement.
- Inherently Tech Savvy
Millennials are certainly tech savvy, but most remember life before smartphones, Google and Facebook. The same can’t be said for Generation Z, as members of this group grew up during the era when these game changers were created, so they have a level of tech expertise never before seen. In many cases, these young professionals may have better ideas for software, social media and other tech-forward initiatives than your seasoned staff, so take advantage of all they have to offer.
- Preference for Real Conversations
Despite their ability to simultaneously Snapchat, stream music and edit documents from the same device, these young professionals don’t always prefer to communicate through a screen. When possible, stop by their desk or call them into your office to chat, instead of sending an email or an instant message. Similar to millennials, they also place a high value on feedback, so build a strong rapport and check in regularly to make them feel appreciated.
- Desire for Meaningful Work
Money is important to Generation Z, but doing work that matters is also significant. Keep them engaged by finding out what they’re passionate about and use this knowledge to assign them to projects they’re truly excited about. If you make the mistake of filling their days with busywork, they’ll be out the door in no time at all.
At JC Malone, we understand having the right people on your team is imperative to the lasting success of your company. Partner with us to find top-quality automotive and engineering candidates who will lead your organization into the future.