Generation Z, or Gen Z, are members of the generation that came after Millennial and were born between 1997 and 2012. Gen Z has the highest members and is the youngest generation in American history. They are also the most ethnically diverse. Because Gen Z was raised in an age of the internet and social media, they are frequently stereotyped as being addicted to technology and antisocial.
Their Adaptability to the Global Change
This generation has lived through the global financial crisis, terrorist attacks, tumultuous political times, and a climate crisis that is all but unstoppable. In addition, Generation Z has grown up in a more globally connected world, where traveling freely between EU member states and using the same currency is easy. These elements have influenced how Gen Z has developed its personality and vision, making them highly adaptable to the global environment.
Characteristics of Generation Z
Gen Zers are known for being extremely ambitious and self-assured. They are also said to be realistic and willing to take what they are given. Even more than Generation Y, Gen Z is entrepreneurial. This generation appears to be driven by the desire to land their ideal job, leading them to change jobs more frequently than the generations before. They are ready to make a change right away if they don't like it. Other motivational factors for this cohort include the potential for career advancement, higher pay, meaningful work, and a strong team.
Generation Y vs Generation Z
It is thought that Generation Y is prone to being self-centered. They are also referred to as the "me generation." According to research, Generation Y has the following traits:
They place a high value on benefits beyond just salary
They are team players and enjoy working in groups
Their political stance is progressive
They prioritize personal finance
The generation that follows the Millennial is known as Generation Z, also known as Digital Natives. Although Generation Z isn't necessarily much younger than its predecessors, they do occasionally view work differently:
They place a high value on the stability a job can offer them in their personal and professional lives
They don't mind working alone
They are very tech-savvy
They are aware of their weakness
Generation Z as Employees
Gen Z is entering the workforce in more significant numbers than anticipated due to the pandemic, with some already employed while others are still in the formation stage. According to a report, Gen Z is expected to introduce high technology skills in the workplace. Additionally, the researchers discovered that most Gen Z professionals favor a multidisciplinary and international focus in their work. The idea that employers typically use and care about employees only when needed is another factor that is said to impact Gen Zers. They are pragmatists who value directness, sincerity, and relevance. In addition, they value self-care. Because they are so accustomed to obtaining what they need on their own, this generation may be more inclined to question rules and authority than older people were when they were the Gen Zers' age.
It will always be a pleasure to work with a Gen Z team. They'll constantly be thinking about how to improve and inspire the world around them. Additionally, there will always be difficulties, but if you keep an open mind and focus on their strengths rather than their weakness, you will work with them more successfully.
How can you keep them working for you?
Human resource professionals shouldn't only be thinking about methods to recruit members of the new generation but also about how to retain them by giving them the tools and support they need to continue with the firm. Flexible work schedules and an excellent work-life balance are two things that are desirable to members of Generation Z, according to the little research done on the issue.