In the first quarter of 2015, gen y — otherwise known as millennials — officially became the largest portion of the American workforce. A title previously held by gen xers, who composed 84 percent of the labor force in 2008, professionals born between 1981 to the mid-1990s have now taken over.
If your company isn’t already dominated by millennials, you surely have more than a few on staff, so you’re probably very familiar with the differences in managing this group, compared with baby boomers and gen xers. Now that you’ve learned the merits of providing frequent feedback, emphasizing group work, and always listening to their opinions, it’s time to welcome gen z to your company.
Born in the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, the oldest members of gen z are just starting to enter the workforce. Learn more about this group, so you’re prepared for their arrival.
3 Workforce Changes to Expect With Generation Z
If you want to attract and retain top gen z talent, you’ll need to implement the following changes to your workforce.
- Offer Constant Rewards. These young workers grew up in an era where mere participation — not just winning — earned them an award, so they’re going to expect frequent praise. Motivate them by offering rewards for even the smallest achievements and regularly switch incentives up so they don’t get bored.
- Follow a Traditional Communication Style. Unlike their millennial predecessors, gen z actually prefers face-to-face communication. Now that you’ve gotten used to constantly emailing and instant messaging your millennial staffers — despite the fact that they’re sitting 10 ft. away — it’s time to place a stronger focus on in-person meetings.
- Provide Defined Career Path. Intelligent, hardworking, and motivated, gen z is young, but they have big ambitions. Keep these workers engaged and happy by creating a defined career path for them at your company, so they know their dream job is within reach and available without having to leave your organization.
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