Each generation of workers has a unique perspective. Their priorities and preferences often differ from those who came before them, and companies have to adapt if they want to attract and retain these workers.
The class of 2019 is made of up Gen Z (those born between 1996 and 2010), the newest generation to enter the workforce. By 2021, Gen Z will make up about one-fifth of the labor force, and their perspective differs greatly from millennials.
If you have not prepared your workplace for their arrival, here are five things you need to do to get ready.
1. Think Stability
While millennials were more open to changing employers and taking nontraditional routes to advance, Gen Z prefers stability. Their perspective was shaped by the last recession, and they may even be fearful about what the future holds.
As a result, providing linear paths for progression and focusing on long-term growth opportunities within the company appeals to Gen Z.
2. Embrace Mobile Technology
When it comes to mobile technology, members of Gen Z are natives. The class of 2019 likely can’t remember a time without smartphones, tablets, and similar technologies, and more are incredibly adept at using these devices.
Companies that embrace mobile technology are going to be more attractive to Gen Z workers. Those that don’t will feel behind the times to these professionals, making it less likely that they’ll be interested in those organizations.
3. Be Transparent
Between the recession and being part of the #MeToo era, Gen Z workers expect companies to be transparent and authentic. Withholding information is going to play into their fears and concerns, regardless of the reason behind the decision.
Share vital details with Gen Z employees whenever possible and post information about your culture and benefits online, including on social media. Be open about your mission and goals, striving to keep workers informed to the highest degree you can manage.
4. Balance Your Environment
While millennials broke down barriers (literally), being a driving force behind collaboration software and open office designs, Gen Z looks for a more balanced approach when it comes to social and solitary opportunities. Couple open environments with quiet spaces, ensuring your employees can access different kinds of environments based on their needs. Make sure the designs are intentional, functional and attractive, particularly if you want to catch the eye of the newest members of the workforce.
5. Foster Healthy Competition
While millennials may have spurred gamification in the workplace, Gen Z thrives on it. They are an independent and competitive generation with a “do it myself” attitude. They aren’t afraid of direct competition, which, when properly harnessed, can boost productivity and outcomes.
Ideally, you need to provide Gen Z with a reasonable amount of autonomy while giving them a chance to showcase their progress and capabilities. Whether it is through contests or other competitions, adding a gamer mindset to your company can make you more appealing to the class of 2019.
Ultimately, all of the tips above can help you prepare for the next round of graduates. If you’d like to know more, the staff at TempStaff can help. Contact us to speak with a member of our knowledgeable team today and see how our knowledge of the newest generation in the workforce can benefit you.