Gen Z workers, born from 1997 through 2012, will make up almost 30% of the global workforce by 2025. To successfully attract, hire, and retain this new generation of employees, companies need to demonstrate they are inclusive, ethical, support wellness, and are committed to making a positive social and environmental impact.
Here are 6 Gen Z expectations for the workplace
1. Diversity, equity and inclusion is a must –
Gen Z is the most ethnically and racially diverse generation in history and the group with the most LGBTQ individuals. Unsurprisingly, Gen Z prioritizes workplace diversity more than previous generations. A recent study found that 87% of Gen Zers think workplace DEI strategies are crucial.
2. Flexibility to match their lives –
Many Gen Zers attended their final college semesters virtually and have worked remotely the past two years. They’ve grown accustomed to working remotely and prefer flexible work schedules that include early mornings or evenings to maximize their personal and professional productivity. When considering jobs, flexible work hours and a flexible work environment are more important to Gen Z than salary and benefits.
3. Feeling healthy and happy –
An organization that cares about employees’ well-being” is #1 on the Gen Z workplace want list. Over 90% of Gen Z graduates believe companies should offer mental health or emotional health benefits and more than a third (34%) believe a company’s health and wellness benefits are just as important a factor for them as the availability of a 401(k).
4. Meaningful work to be good global citizens –
Gen Zers want to work for a company that stands for a purpose beyond simply making a profit. They want to feel a sense of belonging and that their work is making a positive societal or environmental impact. More than half of employees would leave an employer for another organization that is more aligned with their environmental, social and governance (ESG) values.
5. Transparency and ethical values –
Gen Z wants to work for bosses that are fair and ethical. More than four in ten Gen Zers say their choice of potential employers is based on the organization’s values and ethics. They are more likely to leave an employer if they feel it’s concealing poor business practices.
6. Opportunities for continued learning –
Gen Z prioritizes employers who create a positive work culture and invest in their success. Over 90% of employees stay with a company longer when it invests in learning. This includes training to foster an inclusive and respectful work environment. A shocking 86% of Gen Z workers say they have experienced discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment at work.
Companies that check these boxes are better positioned to attract new graduates hitting the job market this spring and retain current employees. Regardless of generational differences, all employees stand to benefit from actions to foster a more inclusive, supportive, healthy and responsible work culture.
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Wrapping It Up
Creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace is crucial for any organization. To achieve this, you must take the initiative to implement DEIB initiatives and ensure that all employees feel valued and respected. This checklist will help you create a more inclusive and equitable workplace and ensure that your organization takes the necessary steps to achieve its diversity goals.
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