They have what many consider an audacious approach to determining the norms and styles of the workplace and do not shy away from calling out antiquated ways of thinking. Understanding their mindset and approach is key to attracting great talent and building successful and mutually beneficial working relationships.
They are less willing to conform
When Millennials entered the office it was during the 2008 financial crisis. Jobs were scarce and any type of work they could land was appreciated. Therefore, “hustling” became a core value to them. GenZers started their careers amid a different crisis. The pandemic has restructured how companies can work, thus creating a different set of expectations. Our youngest workers frown at the eight-hour day, desire fully remote positions and blatantly defy workplace hierarchies.
They are more engaged politically
The 2020 protests spurred by racial inequities have made it almost impossible for businesses to remain silent. GenZ employees want to work for companies who represent their ideals, whether that’s putting out authentic statements in support of Black Lives Matter, expressing solidarity with the Asian American community or displaying pronouns on Slack. GenZers are vocal in their urgings for employers to stand up for what they believe in.
They are not afraid to get personal
Since our youngest workers entered the office they’ve been driving internal culture to be more open by stretching the bounds of what is considered professional conversation. They express their desire for paid time off to cope with anxiety and period cramps. They don't shy away from human emotion, and instead celebrate it. They create environments where people are safe to be honest about how they’re feeling and what they need.
Having them on your team may be an adjustment, but if history has taught us anything it is that the new generation typically dictates what will soon be the new normal.