Gen Z Part II: 10 Facts and 5 Organizational Implications

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Last week’s post about Gen Z generated a lot of traffic and follow up content (see Gen Z Just Graduated from College Infographic). As a result, I have developed an unplanned Part II as today’s post. The following content has been gleaned from a study by Universum of 55,000 high school students and recent high school graduates in 46 countries.

Ten Facts

  1. Gen Z’s will eventually total 60 million people.
  2. In a single day, Gen Z’s will often multi-task across a handful of screens, expecting “seamless integration.
  3. Due to their immersion in technology since birth, Gen Z workers may (ironically) be more focused and directed when it comes to technology than previous generations.
  4. Expect Gen Z to be more realistic about career opportunities, yet more idealistic about their employers’ social profiles.
  5. Gen Z’s will demand a diverse set of digital tools, both offered by the company and publicly accessible.
  6. With Generation Z there is less social media about oneself and more about the community (Colleen Broomall).
  7. Gen Z’s appear more savvy than Millennials regarding technology and work process.
  8. Fully 77% of Gen Z’s indicate they expect to work harder than previous (Robert Half).
  9. About 53%of Gen Z workers would rather communicate face-to-face than through instant message or videoconference.
  10. More than half of them want to start their own company. This entrepreneurial spirit exceeds that of Millennials

Five Organizational Implications

  1. Entrepreneurism is in their DNA, and workplace dynamics must support that independent streak.
  2. This generation’s is comfortable with physical mobility and mobile tools. As a result, they will create office spaces or zones which offer a variety of ways to digitally work and interact — collaboratively, individually, and socially.
  3. They are seeking a work environment where there is a lot of open dialogue, the way Netflix is run, where it’s a team effort (Colleen Broomall).
  4. Gen Z’s value their reputation and personal brand. As a result, this generation will value privacy in the workplace and demand employers respond accordingly.
  5. IT departments that invest in self-teaching tools will profit. Gen Z is adept at learning how to use applications through watching YouTube-style training videos and studying self-paced online modules.

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Jeff Suderman is a futurist, consultant, Gen X’er and professor who works in the field of organizational development. He partners with clients to improve culture, leadership, teamwork, organizational alignment, strategy and organizational future-readiness. He resides in Palm Desert, California. Twitter: @jlsuderman Email: jeff@jeffsuderman.com

Sources: BMC.

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