Gen Z and Workplace Expectations
Gen Z, also known as “Zoomers,” is the generation demographic succeeding Millenials. Born in the mid to late-1990s and early 2010s, this generation is starting to enter the workforce and they are bringing a slew of new expectations with them. If you aren’t sure how to manage Gen Z’s workforce expectations at your organization, keep reading for a few helpful tips from the experts at Prescott HR!
What is Gen Z Like?
To better understand Gen Z, it’s helpful to take a look at trends in the generation’s overall upbringing. Gen Z is the first generation to have grown up with access to the Internet and portable electronic devices from a very early age, which is why they are often dubbed “digital natives.” Studies have shown that members of Gen Z are a more educated, well-behaved, stressed, and depressed demographic than generations before them. These are all important considerations to keep in mind when hiring Gen Z employees at your organization.
What are Gen Z’s Values?
While this is a broad assumption of an entire generation’s values, there are trends in what Gen Z expects between an employer and employee relationship. Here are several important factors:
This is a big one. Flexibility at work is a top priority for Gen Z workers and often falls at the top of the list for this generation’s job seekers. Gen Z values their professional lives almost as much as their personal lives, so they want to work for an organization that does not compromise their freedom outside of work. We recommend offering flex or remote work options to your employees to help establish a proper work-life balance in the office.
Health and Wellness
In line with a better work-life balance is access to important mental health and wellness resources at work. As mentioned above, Gen Z is one of the most stressed generations of our time. Having access to health and wellness programs at work is a great way to appeal to this younger generation and demonstrate that you value their well-being in and out of the office.
Gen Z is a very organized generation, especially when it comes to social and cultural issues affecting our country. They are one of the most involved generations in organized social activities that advocate for change. That’s why many Gen Z employees want to work for organizations that align with their values. As an employer, this could mean offering paid time off for your employees to volunteer with an organization that matters to them.
Work with Prescott HR
Does your organization need help with understanding Gen Z and their workplace expectations? We are here to help! Prescott HR offers a wide range of services that can help your organization evaluate your current policies and incorporate new ones, as needed. Our unintimated HR practices allow us to be focused and effective, providing your business with precisely what you need. Give us a call today at 443-351-8818 or contact us online.