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Gen Z Is Already Here: How Do We Draw Them?

Millennials have long been a contentious issue for HR and personnel management experts. However, Generation Z (also known as Gen Z) has soon overtaken them in the public eye as they approach middle age (the oldest Millennials are now in their late 30s).

Gen Z makes for 32% of the world's population in 2019, having been born roughly between 1995 and 2015. They'll account for 24% of the labor force by 2020. And as they begin to join the workforce in greater numbers, it's critical to understand how to hire them successfully.

We have got an opportunity to see the inner workings of Gen Z's eldest members who are currently employed. The same hiring tactics may not be effective for this generation because they have already demonstrated that they are very different from their Millennial forebears.

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What Do Gen Z Employees Value Most at Work?

As was already mentioned, Gen Z differs greatly from previous generations in terms of their preferences for jobs. Here are some of their top priorities:

Ownership of Their Career

This generation demands speedy promotions, the ability to comprehend and direct their career paths, and the ability to see their jobs as a component of a larger scheme. Given the higher expense of living than earlier generations, financial stability is a top concern for them.

Training and Development

Feeling that they are continually changing is one of the most crucial things for this age. This should encompass both professional and everyday life abilities in addition to soft skills.

It's normal for Gen Z to feel underqualified for a job, especially in management roles, therefore they must believe your business will assist in giving them the skills they need.


Gen Z places a great focus on flexibility, whether it pertains to working hours or the general working paradigm. Flexibility is the key. They must have the impression that they have choices from which to pick the one that best suits them.

Many members of Gen Z might think about quitting a company that doesn't value a flexible work environment.

Drive to Work

Gen Z employees need to be enthusiastic about their jobs and positions. They ranked a lack of passion as the third-highest cause for leaving a job, so if they don't care about your business and their position, you're likely to lose them.

Focused on Technology

Gen Z will look for a technologically advanced company. Gen Z will be far more receptive to the idea of incorporating digital technology into the way you do business, such as through the use of online task management and internal communication platforms.

Additionally, the communication, automation, efficiency, and other advantages that these digital technologies offer might boost production levels inside your business.

Value Allocation

For Gen Z, having a job that aligns with its values is crucial. This could be found in the overarching mission statement of the business or in how it fulfills its social duty.

They can query the existence of charitable programs or the company's sincerity in keeping its public commitments.


Workplace inclusion and diversity are top priorities for Gen Z. They will seek out businesses that demonstrate a genuine concern for diversity since deeds speak louder than words. After all, in 2020, Gen Z became the generation with the most diversity in American history.


How Can You Draw in Gen Z Workers?

As employees of a corporation, Gen Z provides a plethora of advantages. In the digital age, they must have tech awareness and live a digital-first lifestyle. It is evident in how Gen Z approaches work, life, and creativity because the Internet and apps were around when they were growing up rather than being introduced to them later in life.

Since Gen Z is the future, having their perspective in your organization is always beneficial for guiding you in the proper route.

Boost Their Entrepreneurial Spirit

Like millennials, Gen Z will be tech-savvy and adept at quickly adjusting to new technologies, but one difference will be that Gen Z wants to own a business and will comprehend ownership even better than millennials. Generation Z will want ownership stakes, work on their inventions, and be eager for a piece of the business action. HR and leaders need to treat this seriously.

Pay Attention To Technology That Increases Efficiency

Even more than the millennial generation, members of Gen Z recognize the enormous value that efficiency and technology offer to the workplace. Companies that concentrate their efforts on advancing technology and increasing productivity will continue to draw in and engage millennials, attract top talent, and outperform their rivals. 

Match Their Individual Goals To The Company's Mission

Both Gen Z and millennials place a strong emphasis on giving back and respect the notion of having a purpose. However, Gen Z is inherently more pragmatic than millennials because they were born during the 2008 financial crisis. Focus on assisting Gen Z in bringing their drive, technology skills, brand recognition, and need for a cause into line with the organization's mission, profitability, and operations. It helps that they are cost-conscious. 


Encourage Them To Use Bite-Sized, Quick-Paced Media

Millennials grew up with Myspace, AOL, and Facebook despite being computer savvy and able to adapt to change swiftly. Compared to Gen Z, these social media are more leisurely. The newest members of our staff expect and receive information instantly. Consider WhatsApp, SMS, and Snapchat. They happen instantly. Engage Gen Z by giving them access to information on their small screens and at their fingertips. 

Accept Their Disparities

Gen Z appreciates diversity. Businesses could encourage diversity by designing organizational structures that encourage functional interdependence. Give people and groups the chance to discuss opposing viewpoints and work together to solve problems, and develop "third spaces" that enable interactions outside of departmental boundaries to foster communication, foster identity, and foster community. 


Show Them You Have A Higher Level Of Concern For Their Wellbeing

Gen Z seems to be considering happiness, self-actualization, and well-being a lot. This suggests that we might anticipate a movement for more meditation, strength-building, reflection, nap rooms, and generally more well-being along the way. These are quite advanced notions for folks that age. 

Make Interesting Events

Young people are experience-driven. While they are digitally adept, they strongly value experiencing life to the fullest. They have less of an interest in material possessions. The greatest way to connect with them is to organize enjoyable activities that are innovative, collaborative, and environmentally friendly. This is a unique chance for you to collaborate with other brands and cross-sell products. 

Maintain The Millennial Momentum For Work-Life Balance And Professional Advancement

Millennials reject the idea of working nonstop to advance professionally. They demanded effective management, work-life integration, inclusivity, and career development by using their demographic clout. This upward trend will continue thanks to Gen Z. If not, they will join the growing pool of free agents. 

Respect Them As Individuals

People want to feel important, regardless of their generation. It's important to grow new hires into the kind of workers you want them to be for your company. Respect their distinctive skill sets and viewpoints, exhibit the necessary best practices and behaviors, and make sure they are aware of and aware of their place in their team and the larger business. 


Get Curious And Inquire About Them

Asking questions is the greatest method to understand any age gaps in your team. It happens frequently that businesses read the most recent survey or research, generate assumptions and prejudices, and then base choices on those assumptions and biases. Get curious about your employees, both present and prospective, and engage them in conversation by asking them questions. 

Expand Your Leadership Agility

Organizational charts are becoming flattered, hierarchies are falling, and the environment of leadership is changing. It is no longer effective to lead in a traditional or alpha way with an authoritative manner. Millennials and Gen Z network, share ideas and prefer co-leadership structures. Therefore, start establishing leadership agility from the ground up with beta leaders who are skilled at consensus-making, leading with expertise, and deep listening. 

Aid Millennials In Leading Gen Z

The method is the same whether your goal is to draw in millennials or Gen Z. Your messaging is centered on finding the ideal candidate for the job while keeping an eye out for traits and values that mesh with your culture. The next generation will be engaged and developed by millennial leaders, who are currently among the most creative.

Gen Z is coming, so it's time to prepare for them

Even though it might seem like yesterday, Millennials created a stir in the labor market. The moment to prepare for Gen Z, who are following closely behind them, is now.

Gen Z is well-informed and demanding of their employers, but they also put in a lot of effort. They are seeking a company that can assist them in making wise decisions to climb the next rung of the professional ladder, whether through learning opportunities, consistent feedback, or chances to demonstrate their abilities. They already have their sights set firmly on that step.

While money is important to them, it is not everything. They seek employers that will share their beliefs because their place of employment is an extension and reflection of who they are as people. They'll be eager to join your team if you can match their excitement and dedication to affecting the world.

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