Generation Z – different motivation from Millennials

For any business to be successful, it has to understand the motivations behind it’s employees. We all don’t come from the same mold. “Millennials were raised during prosperous times but Gen Z was largely raised during a global recession and the painfully slow recovery following.” says Ken Tysiac, editor of the Journal of Accountancy, August 2017 edition. Gen Z membes are born from 1995 to 2012. So, while millennials entered the workplace looking for “meaning” in a job, Gen Z members are focusing on salary as their most important factor.  Since Gen Z members spent their lives connected to news and social media 24 hours a day, they have a fear of missing out on things relating to their career paths. They want many different experiences at the same time, so they want to explore multiple roles at the same time. What’s more interesting is that Gen Z prefer communicating face to face but in quick sound bites.  I found some tips to keep these employees engaged:

  1.  Give them meaningful work – they want to have a positive effect on the organization
  2. Effective management – they want clear and achievable goals, effective coaching and useful feedback.
  3. Positive Work Environment – they seek flexible work arrangements, diverse workforce and recognition
  4. Growth opportunity – they look for training, support and continual learning culture
  5. Trust in leadership – they want to believe that leadership will help the organization achieve the mission, be transparent and honest.