Three Things You Need to Know When Recruiting Gen Z Employees

For the past several years employers have been focused on the needs of Millennial employees, and rightfully so–since the early 2010s, Millennials have been the largest generation in the workforce. But they are not the youngest generation in the workforce anymore. The oldest members of Generation Z are in their early twenties and they make up most colleges’ classes of 2019. These days, when your company shares an entry-level job opening, odds are most applicants will be from Gen Z. While some Millennial and Gen Z workplace preferences do overlap, employers should keep these three things in mind about the latest additions to the workforce:

  1. Job stability is key for Gen Z who grew up during the Great Recession. Unlike Millennials, who are known for their tendency to job hop, Gen Z desires a level of consistency that their parents didn’t have during the economic downturn. A good wage and benefits in a steady industry are important, but workplace culture shouldn’t be overlooked as that can make the difference to a Gen Z’er weighing several job opportunities.
  2. Gen Z are the first true generation of digital natives. Most of Generation Z don’t remember a time when the internet and cell phones were not commonplace. Major technological evolutions have been part of their lives from the start so they adapt easily to new tools and can be a major asset to your team as you integrate new technology.
  3. Gen Z requires a different approach to training. While Gen Z employees have tech skills down pat, they may need some additional training and guidance when it comes to the soft skills required in most workplaces. Quick, informal communication has been the norm their entire lives, so writing a formal email or making a phone call may not come as naturally to them as it did for previous generations.

 

There are now five generations in the workforce―Silent, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials and Generation Z. It can be a balancing act to ensure everyone’s needs are met. Understanding each generation’s perspectives and motivations can go a long way in attracting talented candidates to your organization.