Young employees make up a huge portion of the workforce, with Gen Z comprising 20% of it this year.
Every generation of workers is different and has its own unique set of preferences, and Gen Z is no exception. They’re ambitious self-learners and tech wizzes, and tend to shy away from traditional styles of learning.
Communication and coaching
But don’t panic! Gen Zers aren’t that hard to figure out. Here’s what employers should concentrate on to make Gen Z employees feel right at home, according to online learning platform Udemy.
1. Communication. Despite growing up surrounded by tech, Gen Zers like to communicate face-to-face. They also like to build strong relationships with their managers. Keeping this in mind, try to communicate with this group directly and authentically.
2. Diversity. Gen Z likes diversity of all kinds: race, gender, identity and orientation. Studies show a company’s diversity and inclusion effort is a big factor for this group when deciding on a job offer.
3. Mentoring. Guidance, support and professional development are all top of mind for Gen Z. This group really wants opportunities for growth within their company. If you offer this, they’re more likely to be loyal to you.
4. Exploration. Role-hopping is big for this group of employees. They like to explore other positions within their companies and see if they have any other interests they’d like to pursue.
5. Productivity. This generation knows how tough it can be to focus with all the technology we use today. Gen Zers would love support from their employers to help them stay focused and productive.