Generation Z, which will soon be the most populous and diverse generation in history, is getting ready to bear the responsibility of the future workplace.
With the influx of Generation Z into the working population, the equation between employers and employees is likely to change for the better.
This generation has higher workplace expectations than any other. They anticipate more flexible working conditions, shared values, higher pay, and improved mental health care. Generation Z knows what they want and how to get it.
Visionary companies already see the future and are already preparing to provide what Gen Z is likely to ask for.
If they do not receive what they expect from their workplace, they will eventually leave.
So, how can businesses get ready for the future generation and fulfill their needs in the best interest of enhancing workforce retention at the workplace?
The ability to learn and grow is now the most important factor in defining a great work environment. Training and reskilling programs can benefit employees of all generations, including Generation Z, and increase overall retention.
Gen Z workers expect diversity and equity. You can create policies that create a working environment that accepts all, irrespective of their race or sexual orientation. Genuine intentions to create such an inclusive environment, employee resource groups, and more representative leadership must all be encouraged by new corporate policies.
The flexibility of remote work, which became the new global norm during the pandemic, is important to Generation Z workers. A recent report says that 73% of employees now want permanent flexible work options. Remote and hybrid work increase productivity while decreasing workplace distractions and many of the stressors that aggravate Gen Z workers’ mental health concerns.
While employers’ awareness of mental health has grown, stigma still persists. Employees in Generation Z want their employers to make a difference by providing better access to resources and prevention, increased awareness, empathetic leadership, and positive culture that supports, promotes, and prioritizes mental health.
Organizations that want to attract, retain, and engage young professionals must reach across generations, valuing human connection and meeting Generation Z where they are.
Employers must continue to improve their work flexibility, mental health, diversity, and career development opportunities to meet the interests of these empowered and talented young professionals, as Gen Z employees continue to disrupt traditional ways of working.