In an era of rapidly changing technology, digital platforms and innovation, the future of how we will work, be employed and interact within the workforce is uncertain, yet exciting. Our workplaces are likely to evolve and the way employees, managers, businesses and customers interact will change.
We will also have a new generation of workers joining the workforce – Generation Z - who were born in the late 90s and 2000s. ‘Gen Zers’ are more independent, and despite their proficiency in technology which, thanks to social media has prepared them for the global business environment, prefer traditional ‘in-person’ methods of communication.
Preparing for the new generation
You will have to rethink your recruiting and start adapting your work practices to attract this group. Here are three key ways you can prepare for Generation Z:
- Start early. Those who want to take advantage of Gen Z talent in the future need to develop relationships (and brand recognition) today with high school students. Businesses need to get involved in the education system, shaping Gen Zers career decisions, mentoring and educating these students, who are eager to listen.
- Flexibility is key. You will need to become even more flexible by removing set work hour structures and increasing working from remote locations.
- Embrace technology. You will face the challenges of managing virtual teams, working more frequently across time zones and global borders and keeping our workforces informed and up to date in a world full of rapidly changing platforms and technologies.
It’s an exciting time to be thinking about the future of our workforce. Work closely with the next generations, build up your businesses reputation in these cohorts early and adapt your workplace practices to make the most of the creative and innovative minds that you will have access too.
5 facts about Gen Z
- They are born between 1995 and 2009.
- By 2020, more than 30 per cent of the workforce will be Gen Z.
- 1 in 2 will be university educated.
- They will have an average of 17 jobs and 15 homes in their lifetime.
- Each day, Gen Z sends over 500,000,000 tweets and spends over 10 hours using technology.
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