Guess post by Meredith Wood – Millennials, once the newcomers on the job market scene, now make up nearly half of the workforce. This generation brought with them work from home options, business-casual dress codes, and the rise of workplace instant-messaging. Once unheard of, these attributes are now the necessities of a modern forward-thinking office. Many smart business leaders and managers are asking the question: Who’s next? Born starting in 1997, Generation Z is the next wave of employees graduating college and entering the workforce. These young professionals already show some important differences than their millennial peers.
Generation Z is one of the first generations that not only can’t remember a time before the internet, but grew up with that internet in their back pockets. The oldest were just 10 when the first iPhone came out. While you may associate technology with anti-social qualities, video-conference technologies like Skype have made Gen Z appreciate face-to-face communication greatly.
In addition to a communicative culture, Gen Z desires financial security more than Millennials. Due to the recession of 2008 Gen Z grew up understanding the importance of preparing for economic downturns. They’re willing to compete with others to find that a desirable income, but will be most satisfied in a position where they can grow and further establish their job security.