Generation Z in the Workforce
Millennials and Generation Z exhibit different traits, and employers must adapt to new generations, says Matt Stewart, co-founder of College Works Painting.
Social Media Privacy
Often dubbed Digital Natives, Millennials are much more likely to share their lives in the open on platforms such as Facebook. Keenly aware of software monitoring, Generation Z is more likely to share their worlds on apps such as Snapchat or Instagram.
Fear of Missing Out
Being culturally connected is more important to those in Generation Z than to Millennials.Those in Generation Z suffer more of the syndrome dubbed "Fear of Missing Out" than Millennials, Stewart says.
Short Attention Span
Those in Generation Z have grown up with smart phones, tablets, 3-D, 4-D and 360-degree photography just to name a few of their norms. This means their attention span has declined, Stewart says. An average attention span of a Gen Z worker is eight seconds, compared to the 12-second attention span of Millennials.
Millennials are driven to succeed by helicopter parents who watch their every move, while Generation Z finds encouragement from parents who encourage independent thinking, want them to achieve on their own and are fed up with not receiving equal pay for equal success at work, Stewart indicated.
A Civic-Minded Generation
Social entrepreneurship is important to Generation Z, a group that is driven to volunteer and choose a career in which they can make a difference, according to Forbes. On the other hand, there are those who hope the Millennials will become more civic-minded as they grow older, but it’s something that hasn’t been witnessed as of yet, Stewart says.
Diversity and Collaboration
Generation Z children were raised in classrooms that focused on diversity and collaboration. Despite this fact, they tend to be more private than Millennials, perhaps as a result of seeing many of the downfalls of previous generations in the Great Recession, he says.