Those born between 1995 and 2010 are known as Generation Z, and they are the latest generation to enter the workplace. In comparison to past generations, differences in politics, economics, and world problems throughout their formative years have affected a change in work habits, attitudes, and expectations. These are the most important elements to consider, as well as the implications for firms looking to hire this demographic.
Growing up in the Recession
Gen Z will likely place a higher emphasis on occupations with higher paying wages as a result of their upbringing in a money-saving and budgeting society from the recession. Due to government cuts in social care and benefits, saving for the future, such as pension programmes, may be considered early in their working lifetime. They may also be more entrepreneurial than past generations, with 42% of Gen Z saying they want to start their own company and become self-sufficient. The closure of many outlets and businesses during the crisis will also encourage Generation Z to prioritise job security.
This generation, more than any previous, is reliant on technology. Both coding and computer science are being integrated into ICT education in schools, and the job market for IT-related fields has exploded. This has resulted in a generation that will learn new technologies and analyse internet data more quickly. As a result, their expectations for speedy and up-to-date technology in the workplace will rise.
Generation Z has never known anything else other than a world dominated by social media. Ironically, this causes them to place a higher emphasis on real-life events and relationships, making them more similar to their grandparents in this regard than millennials. Face-to-face interviews, as well as strong interactions with co-workers, will be valued more than Facetime or emails.
Diversity & Inclusion
Because this generation is the most varied of all, diversity and inclusion will be an important aspect of the workforce for this generation. Schools have broadened their curriculum to include anti-discrimination and acceptance of people from all walks of life, regardless of colour, gender, age, or religious views.
This might lead to a demand for more HR positions, particularly in small businesses. It might also change the way people are interviewed for jobs, such as making application forms more inclusive of trans and non-conforming gender people and removing inquiries about religious views and status.
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