Generation Z, or GenZ, is the demographic cohort after Millennials. Born between the mid-1990s and the mid-2000s, GenZers have entered the workforce in recent years, and many changes have been observed with their arrival. As a language model, I don’t have direct experience working with GenZers, I can provide insight into how others may find working with them.
In general, opinions on working with GenZers are mixed. Some managers find it easy to work with them, while others find it challenging. Here are some reasons why:
Adaptability: GenZers have grown up in a fast-paced, technologically advanced world. As a result, they tend to be very adaptable and comfortable with change. They are often quick to learn new technologies and processes, making them an asset in the workplace.
Independence: GenZers tend to be very independent and self-sufficient. They value autonomy and prefer to work independently rather than in a group. This can be a positive trait, but it can also make collaborating effectively in a team setting challenging.
Lack of experience: Due to their age, many GenZers are new to the workforce and may lack the knowledge and skills that come with years of work. This can make it difficult for managers to delegate tasks and trust them with important responsibilities.
Work-life balance: GenZers prioritize work-life balance and are unwilling to sacrifice their time for work. While this can be a positive trait, it can also lead to conflict in the workplace if expectations are not managed effectively.
GenZers tend to be more tech-savvy and socially conscious than other generations in the workplace. They are also more likely to value diversity and inclusion and to advocate for social justice issues. However, they may struggle with interpersonal communication skills as they have grown up communicating primarily through social media and digital platforms.
If GenZers want to improve the way they show up in the workplace, there are a few things they can do:
Develop communication skills: GenZers should improve their interpersonal communication skills, particularly in face-to-face interactions. This includes active listening, empathizing with others, and building rapport with colleagues.
Seek out mentors: Since many GenZers lack work experience, it can be beneficial to seek mentors who can provide guidance and support. A mentor can help GenZers navigate workplace challenges and develop their skills and abilities.
Embrace teamwork: While GenZers value independence, it is important to recognize that teamwork is often necessary to accomplish larger goals. GenZers can learn to collaborate effectively and achieve better results by embracing collaboration.
Develop a strong work ethic: While GenZers prioritize work-life balance, developing a strong work ethic is important. This means being reliable, punctual and focused on achieving results. By demonstrating a strong work ethic, GenZers can earn their colleagues’ and managers’ trust and respect.
Working with GenZers can be both challenging and rewarding. While they bring many positive qualities to the workplace, they may also struggle with interpersonal communication and lack work experience. By focusing on developing their communication skills, seeking out mentors, embracing teamwork, and creating a strong work ethic, GenZers can improve how they show up in the workplace and succeed in their careers.