Managing Gen Z: 4 Big Challenges

Can you believe many Gen Z kids are now grownups and working full-time in the workplace?

In fact, in 2024, the generation born between 1996 and 2010 is anticipated to overtake Baby Boomers in the full-time workforce, according to a recent analysis by Glassdoor.

Like generations before them, this generation is bringing to the workforce a different set of values, behaviors, and expectations, creating ripples throughout workplaces.

Here are four ways Gen Z is changing the work landscape.

Change is Expected

Gen Z expects constant change. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering how rapidly technology has changed during their lifetime. They’re constantly pushing the envelope and questioning the way things are done.

Telling them, “This is how we do things here,” usually prompts a quick search engine check to see if there is a better way to get work done.

Leaders who exude confidence and welcome the concept of process improvement will thrive when collaborating with Generation Z employees.

You can foster a harmonious and productive working relationship by understanding that Gen Zers are not questioning your expertise or authority but rather seeking to contribute fresh perspectives.

Values Matter

Gen Z wants to make a difference and will hold their employers accountable for the causes that are near and dear to their hearts.

If they find their values aren’t aligned with their boss’s or the organization’s, they won’t think twice about quitting.

If you want to attract andretain this sector of the workforce, you’ll need to find ways to incorporate doing good in the world into your corporate values.

Teamwork and Collaboration Are Highly Cherished

Gen Z operates best in a posse, even if everyone on the team wears earbuds. They value collaboration, which means when you’re assigning work, it’s best to do so in groups.

Mental Health Trumps Work

Gen Zers openly share their mental health appointments with others without giving it a second thought.

If they must choose work or mental health, most will choose mental health.

Work-life balance is critical for this generation. Do your best to quickly fill open requisitions to prevent employees from becoming overwhelmed. Know the signs that indicate someone may have reached their limit stress-wise and be prepared to offer mental health resources they can tap into.

Gen Z is the future of your workforce, which means the quicker you learn how to meet the needs of these workers, the more productive and calm your workplace will be.

Looking to better understand and manage your Gen Z workforce? You can schedule a call here.

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