Gen Z is Coming to the Workforce. Here is What to Expect.

by Evil HR Lady on September 8, 2018

They are young. They are driven. They are pragmatic. They crave financial stability. They won’t put away their laundry no matter how many times I ask them.

Okay, that last sentence may just refer to the two adorable Gen Zs who happen to be my offspring. But, this next group has just started to hit the workforce (the oldest are 23), and will undoubtedly be the topic of much discussion. (We really should shut up about Millennials, because as the oldest of that group approaches 40, we should realize that many have moved into middle management, and are making the policies now.)

The Wall Street Journal put together information about how Gen Z differs from previous generations. Here are those differences and what it means to you when they start coming to work.

To keep reading, click here: Gen Z is Coming to the Workforce. Here is What to Expect.

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ANN ZASLOW-RETHABER September 8, 2018 at 5:21 pm

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Maria Rose September 8, 2018 at 10:25 pm

First of congratulations on your Gen Z’s children. That means your children are part of the first generation raised on using technology first over using physical interactions.
May I make a suggestion on how to deal with this generation as employees from stories from my son, who’s a in the middle age millennial working as store manager hiring and training GenZ employees. They may be driven to earn money but they have to be lectured on realizing that every job deserves a good work ethic because each job teaches new skills. Good management of GenZ employees means better follow up on their job performance because they need that reaction to encourage more interactions with others. Another point you emphasized in a prior article, which is that these GenZ employees need to realize that they alone (not their parents) are responsible for the results of their actions.

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mrs_helm September 10, 2018 at 6:35 pm

This line seemed a little condescending, even if it wasn’t meant to be:
“less likely to have a driver’s license, which shows caution and a dependence on others.”
While my own Gen Z kids were late to drive, it was because they had no need to do so. They had a school bus for school, and summer jobs which didn’t require a commute. I’ve seen other Gen Z’s (and frankly other Gens too) that live in populated areas opting for Uber, Lyft, public transportation, or just plain “live close enough to walk”.
While I personally don’t understand not having the license at all (because options!) I don’t think it necessarily meand “because I will always and forever expect my mommy to drive me”, which is how “dependence on others” comes across. Public or hires transport isn’t the game thing as dependence on others, even though it FEELS like it would be, to those of us who’ve always driven our own cars.

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