Gen Z Are Entering The Workforce

A new generation of workers is making their way into the working world. Gen Z constitutes more than a quarter of the world’s current population, so, are workplaces ready for the new face of workers coming through and what is the impact they will have on the future of the workplace?

Who classes as Gen Z?

If you’re not clued up by all the different generation names, it’s about time to get ahead of the game and understand exactly who Gen Z are and why you need to be aware of them within the workplace. Generation Z refers to the demographic cohort succeeding Millennials and preceding Generation Alpha. This group is generally defined as those born from the mid-1990s to the early 2010s, although specific years can vary.

How does Gen Z differ from other generations?

Gen Z is the very first generation to have grown up entirely through the digital age. Having not known the world before the internet, their entire lives to date have revolved around the very latest technologies. Their tech savviness is what has set this generation apart from all the others.

Generation Z’s proficiency in technology significantly influences their methods of learning, communication and consumer patterns, with a strong lean towards internet shopping, online entertainment and utilising digital platforms for socialising. Additionally, this group is notably proactive and engaged with social, ecological and political concerns, thanks to their extensive exposure to information. This exposure has nurtured a generation more openly committed to the principles of inclusivity, diversity and ecological preservation than their predecessors.

What does the emergence of Gen Z mean to employers?

As this generation of workers makes their way into their working lives, there will be many different things employers will need to take into consideration when hiring talent from this generation. Firstly, the Gen Z workforce is more aware of what they want from their careers. Demanding a significantly more personalised way of moving throughout their career journey, organisations will require a new mindset to attract and retain this generation of talent than previously.

Fully aware of how easy it is to work remotely after their educational years were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, this generation of workers values their work-life balance and their ability to work from anywhere in the world. This adaptability not only reflects their ease with technology but also their flexibility and resilience in navigating the evolving landscape of work environments.

So, what do Gen Z-ers want from their careers?

Generation Z seeks careers that not only provide financial stability but also align with their values and offer opportunities for growth and impact. They prioritise work environments that are inclusive, diverse and supportive of their well-being and mental health. Flexibility is also a key desire, with many in Gen Z favouring jobs that allow for remote work, flexible schedules and a balance between their professional and personal lives. Additionally, they are drawn to companies that are socially and environmentally responsible, reflecting their deep concern for global issues. Career development opportunities, such as training programmes and paths for advancement, are also highly valued, as they look to build skills and progress in their careers. Overall, Gen Z wants their work to be meaningful, contributing to both personal fulfilment and the wider community.

How should your company prepare for Gen Z employees?

There are many ways to prepare your company for an influx of Gen Z workers. Firstly, it’s crucial to look at your business’s flexible working options, by offering flexible hours, hybrid or remote working, you can retain Gen Z talent more easily than with a full office-based role fixed from nine to five. Providing training for your staff will help when engaging the Gen Z workforce, with their desire to learn being a greater driving force than that of generations before.

It is crucial to provide a healthy work-life balance for any generation, let alone Generation Z employees. This generation of workers is looking for a job role that won’t harm their mental health to ensure they don’t feel burnt out. Not only that, but this workforce also wants to feel as if their employer cares about them, being treated with empathy and not just another number in the system. Providing your staff with more personal interactions and sensitivity can help retain this younger generation of talent.

We can help you find the best Gen Z talent

Here at Cooper Recruitment, we have all the skills and knowledge you need to find the perfect talent for your business. With a database full of brilliant candidates, we can help you not only find but retain high-quality candidates. Helping organisations improve their workplace offerings to ensure long-term partnerships between candidates and businesses. If you’re looking for help in your recruitment process, then don’t hesitate to contact us here at Cooper Recruitment.

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