Imagining The Gen Z Workplace
Have you seen 3 year olds with iPhones, happily jumping around TikTok, YouTube, Netflix and playing games? This would not have been possible for the older generations and it is a sign of the times of where we are heading with a technologically knowledgeable population.
Generation Z is modern time’s youngest, most vibrant, energetic, and ethnically diversified generation. Their persuasiveness, drive, and objectives set them apart significantly. One of the most noticeable characteristics of this generation is that they are “digitally native.” They understand how to employ cutting-edge technology. Workplaces are highly dynamic settings, and new technologies are changing the dynamics of these workplaces.
The arrival of Generation Z into the workforce is altering the way organisations operate, communicate, and do business with clients and customers. Workstation design, floor space, breakout rooms, and meeting rooms need to be adapted to make Gen Z comfortable and to get the most from them. We must think of the design, the structure and the energy flow around the office. Getting the design right can mean empowerment, productivity and idea exchange happening and can create a buzz to the office and the business.
Generation Z has ascended to the top of the corporate ladder in the age of the gig economy. When workers are engaged, churn is minimised and productivity is boosted. Despite the fact that Gen Z is still in its infancy as a demographic profile, companies are already investigating the group, what they can expect from it, and how best to prepare their culture for it. There are growing signs that Generation Z seeks to work alone rather than in teams. That is not to say they aren’t collaborative or capable of working in a group; they are, but on the other hand, they expect to be acknowledged for their efforts and recognised for their progress. It is common to think and plan for promotions, pay rises, and bonuses to support this generation, as well as working fewer days, so they can still have the freedom to travel and explore the world.
Yet, when it comes to specific ideas, attitudes, and expectations, there may be significant differences in how people of different generations approach their lives, especially in the workplace. Gen Z is more conscious of mental health concerns than any previous generation, and they are considerably more outspoken about it, as well as expecting their employers to offer more support and to be more environmentally conscious.. Workplace stress is a major problem, and although all businesses should be prepared to deal with it, only a few companies come up with fresh and inventive strategies to address it, resulting in large numbers of workers leaving unhappy.
Change occurs at varying speeds. But no matter the generation, allow your employees to realise that their contribution may last further beyond the pace of development.
Allow people to leave their mark on your company and on the future growth of your company.