How Generation Z is Shaping the Future Workplace

Gen Z has very similar interests just like their millennial coworkers, yet there are still some big differences.

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By Berenice Zubiate, EAW Student Digital Reporter

If you haven’t noticed, there is a new generation full of innovators, creators and leaders in the workplace known as Generation Z. Gen Z is defined as those who were born between 1995 and 2010.

When thinking about the workplace environment, Gen Z has very similar interests just like their millennial coworkers, yet there are still some big differences. For example, millennials are used to digital communication for their day to day jobs. Gen Z, on the other hand, prefers feedback and face-to-face communication so they can ensure clarity on projects.

Gen Z’ers continually look for ways to move forward. This generation is highly driven and they don’t want to spend their time doing work that won’t challenge them. Boring paperwork and sending out emails isn’t going to cut it like it did for millennials. In fact, 60 percent of Gen Z mentioned that they want to make a difference in the world. That means that this younger generation is determined to change company culture into something relevant enough for others who strive for more opportunity.

This generation wants to feel appreciated in the workplace. This does not necessarily mean that they want a pizza party after every finished project (although, they might not be opposed). What they are asking for is acknowledgement from their higher-ups. It is actually proven that for those in higher position to validate their new younger employees/interns because it increases their productivity, creative development and helps reach company goals.

Of course, Generation Z is known for their knowledge of what’s new and trending. About a decade ago, companies appreciated the “fresh ideas” that millennials brought to the table. Well, Gen Z not only knows what can improve a company’s mission but also brings in new technology ideas into the workspace. They will not settle in a low productivity work environment, so it is important to know how to liven up the job itself.

Going forward, Generation Z will transform future working environments through their driven work ethic and bright ideas.