Generation Z

Generation Z

 2 Aug 2018

    Generation Z,
‘Generation Z’, the post millennials born in, or after 1995 - are flooding into the working world and with that, bringing a whole new level of working expectations.
The post millennial generation and millennials themselves have been harshly criticised for their work ethic over the years and only now are employers starting to realise the positive change their expectations bring to the working environment.
  1. Learning & Development
Statistically, one of the most important factors millennials take into consideration when taking on/applying for a new job is prospective career development. Recruitment Firm (Robert Walter) found that 68% of millennials found growth and training to be the most significant driver of career motivation and subsequent application interests. This is important to recognize as motivation or more specifically, the lack of, costs the businesses billions.
Millennials are at the beginning of their career and consistently search for opportunities to progress. By employers working on delivering opportunities to gain new skills or to develop within roles through training programs, mentorships or even team building exercises, quality talent will be attracted and staff turnover will be reduced.
Education shouldn’t stop at school and by employers consistently building upon employees' development, both employee satisfaction and subsequent employee performance increases effectively increasing productivity and ultimately, business performance.
  1. Travel Opportunities
A key driver of Generation Z relates to travelling opportunities, 4 out of every 10 millennials want to take time off work to travel.
Studies show that 95% of millennials value having a healthy work-life balance. If companies can offer benefits such as ‘travel perks’ and give them the healthy balance, this can really boost enthusiasm for workers, which ultimately will have a knock-on effect for business.
Travel Perks could be, if you have branches abroad, offering the chance to work on a temporary contract in a new destination. This can also help cut down the risk of losing valued employees as they are giving them the chance to go traveling.
Travelling can inspire people to learn new languages, build confidence and expose individuals to unknown cultures to develop employees into more rounded performers. 
  1. Flexible Working Hours
Times are changing! More and more companies are offering employees the luxury of working flexible hours, gone are those 9-5 working days!
Generation Z are stereotypically known for valuing control over their daily life. So, by offering these added bonuses such as early finishes on Fridays or allowing one day a week to work from home, businesses are really encouraging the very best they can from their staff as it builds a sense of trust and confidence from employer to employee.
Two-thirds of millennials don’t wish to stay in a job longer than 2 years with barely 16% expected to keep working for their current employer for the next decade. 
Sometimes things can get in the way of an employee-job relationship and a huge catalyst in this is commuting - especially during peak times. This mundane task can really be a massive factor in someone leaving their job, so if corporations give their workers the opportunity to choose their own hours it could really save them the loss for their company through increased job satisfaction leading to increased working performance.
The working world is changing and a lot of it will be for the best. There’s a lot that can be learned from Generation Z and maybe it’s an idea for the media to start focusing more on the benefits they bring to society and hold back on the bashing for a bit!




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