There’s a New Face in the Workplace: How to Engage and Motivate Gen-Z Employees

Gen-Z Employees

Gen-Z Employees: A new generation has arrived

The Gen-Z’s are about to step up onto the world stage, the impact of their entry will be profound and swift, and its ramifications rippling through the workplace, technology, retail consumption, culture, and politics. This generation is entirely unique in defining success in life and in the workforce.

Managers are now tasked to bring out the best of the Gen-Z workforce. How do you motivate Gen-Z talent?

Provide growth opportunities

Generation-Z demands absolute transparency about real opportunities for advancement. They don’t care so much about job titles, only what opportunity there is for growth.

Their lives have been layered with serious insecurities, starting with terrorist attacks to the Great Recession to the current pandemic, so they’re searching for the security of career growth.

Bouncing from company to company is stressful and risky. The possibility of career advancement keeps them happy.

Practice better communication

Gen-Z grew up with IMing and texting, so they expect the same type of communication structures in the workplace. Make sure that you implement similar means of communication, as well as one-on-one progress meetings. 

Add extra effort to mentor Gen Z employees

Mentorship is important to Gen Z-ers, so offering more opportunities for mentorship will increase morale among this generation. It also helps other generations “pay it forward” and share their knowledge and expertise. 

Respect individually

When Gen-Z is able to link their individual goals to those of the company they become much more engaged. As they hold a higher value to their beliefs and attitudes, technologies and tools that allow an employee’s actions and behaviours to be mapped back to the company’s values become crucial.

Actionable insight on employee experience helps leaders to identify key drivers that need improvement in order to see the biggest impact on employee engagement.

By onboarding new tools and technologies, companies will build strong high performing teams with a culture for continuous growth.

What makes Gen-Z employees different?

Different upbringing has imbued each generation with different priorities. It’s critical for you to understand the new dynamics as millennials take on managerial roles in organisations and Gen-Z enters the workforce.

Millennials are purpose-driven and want a defining factor and reason for the job, Gen-Zers are money and job security-driven.

Millennials are most comfortable in a team and enjoy collaboration. Gen-Z tend to prefer to work as individual contributors and like healthy competition.

Millennials saw their career as the driving factor of their life and focused most of their time and energy on work. Gen-Zers like to maintain a healthy balance between their work and personal life.

They value mental health and peace of mind. Gen-Z employees avoid stressful situations and desire to work in organisations that offer health benefits to their employees.

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