Understanding Gen Z in Workplace | Zoomers | Akrivia HCM

What is Gen Z?

Gen Z also called as Zoomers, refers to the demographic cohort that follows the Millennials. They were born roughly between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s. They are often characterized as tech-native, diverse, socially conscious, and adaptable to change. Gen Z individuals have been shaped by events such as the Great Recession and Covid-19. They are known for their entrepreneurial spirit, desire for authenticity, and emphasis on work-life balance.

Gen Z characteristics

Here are some other characteristics of Gen Z:

  • Entrepreneurial and innovative: Gen Z is more likely to start their own businesses & be self-employed than previous generations. They are also more likely to be involved in side hustles and freelance work.
  • Socially responsible and value diversity: They are also more likely to work for organizations aligned with their values and committed to diversity and inclusion.
  • Open-minded and accepting of change: Gen Z is more open-minded and accepting of change than previous generations. They are also more likely to embrace new technologies and trends.
  • Pragmatic and realistic: Gen Z are more pragmatic and realistic than previous generations. They are more likely to focus on financial security and stability.
  • Optimistic and hopeful about the future: Gen Z is optimistic about the future. They believe that they can make a difference in the world and create a better future for themselves and for generations to come.

What are Gen Z's workplace values?

Generation Z expects the following in the workplace:

  • Purpose-driven work: Gen Z wants to work for organizations with a vital mission.
  • Opportunities for growth and development: Generation Z is ambitious and wants to grow and develop their skills. They want to work for organizations that offer them opportunities to learn and advance their careers.
  • Diversity and inclusion: Gen Z values diversity and inclusion. They want to work in workplaces where they feel respected, regardless of race, gender or other identity factors.
  • A positive and supportive work culture: Gen Z wants to work in a positive and supportive environment. They want to feel like they are part of a team and that they have the support of their managers and colleagues.

In addition to these general expectations, Gen Z also expects certain things from their workplace,

  • Technology: Gen Z is the most technologically native generation yet, and they expect their employers to provide them with the latest technology and tools to do their jobs effectively.
  • Remote work options: Gen Z is comfortable working remotely, and many expect their employers to offer remote work options.
  • Flexible work hours: Gen Z want the flexibility to choose their work hours and take time off when needed.
  • Generous benefits packages: Gen Z values benefits such as health insurance, paid time off, and retirement savings plans.
  • A supportive work culture: Generation Z wants to work for organizations that create a supportive and collaborative work culture.

 

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