I’ll go out on a limb to say employers are likely to be happier with Gen Z workers than Millennials, generalized as a group.
Serious problem-solvers, (though unfortunately even more stressed ) a look at reported Gen Z behaviors, formative influences including parenting, and recent surveys tracking how they are trending should serve as an alert to employers that conversion of work environment and norms to what they have been finally persuaded is what Millennials want may require another re-think. It may even require harking back to the significant influences of their Gen X parents’ attributes for clues.
It’s also a reminder from me that it is unwise to focus on any one generation no matter how large and vocal) to the exclusion of all generations at work.
Next Up: Gen Z Grads’ Experiences
I start with some stats from a late 2017 Accenture study on Gen Z (Gen Z Rising , 2017) of more than 6,000 students in the U.S. and Europe in large companies.
- Education 17% - (maybe a surprise?)
- Communications (15%)
- 3 rd and 4 th choices are retail and healthcare
The study concludes that Gen Z is showing maturity in preparing themselves and is willing to work hard and take ownership of and for their careers. More to come next month.