10 Things You Need to Know About Gen Z

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What you need to know about GenZ

Gen Z very recently entered the workforce, and they’re already expressing their opinions, rewriting workplace norms, making their Millennials colleagues feel old and a bit outdated.  

Gen Z, with members born between 1997–2012, is 70 million in size, and they are the most diverse generation in U.S. history.

Did you know that Gen Z’ers are the true “digital natives” born into the era of Wi-Fi, Google and social media? They may be the true digital natives, but they also crave face-to-face connections. More than 90 percent of Generation Z prefer to have a human element to their work.

Here are 10 more things you need to know about Gen Z.

1. GenZ represents the most racially and ethnically diverse generation in U.S. history.

This no doubt contributes to the fact that diversity, equity, and inclusion are values highly held by Gen Z. The Washington Post states that diversity and inclusion in the workplace are no longer preferences-They are requirements.

As more and more of this generation enter the workplace, more characteristics and preferences will be discovered. It is going to be an adventure learning about them!

2. Gen Z brings their values and beliefs into the workforce and believes their values should be at the heart of their work.

More than any other generation before them, Gen-Z looks to their employers to lend purpose and meaning to what they do. They want to make the world a better place, and they want their employer to make the world a better place.

3. Gen Z has a voice and is comfortable expressing their opinions.

Social media opened the door to sharing perspectives and engaging in discourse is common. Gen Z’ers are eager to share their ideas and opinions and have no problem challenging the status quo.

4. They are fiscally conservative and have a keen focus on income, investing, and spending.

Having come of age during the Great Recession, many saw their parents, relatives, and even their older brothers and sisters getting laid off, and they said that that’s not going to happen to them!

5. They are entrepreneurs.

Gen Z is now the most entrepreneurial generation ever, with 62 percent of Gen Zers indicating they have started—or intend to start—their own business. From YouTube channels to beauty products and , Gen Z is embracing entrepreneurship.

6. Generation Z’ers are resourceful.

With Google, YouTube, and TikTok, they have the world at their fingertips and can figure things out for themselves without adult supervision. They’re the first generation that doesn’t need you (or any adult) for knowledge – they can get it online. Because they are finding their answers, they are doers and activists—they jump in and do—which means they may ask for your forgiveness rather than your permission.

7. Independent learners make up this generation.

In addition to using YouTube, they love online educational resources such as TED Talks, Master Class, LinkedIn Learning, blogs, podcasts, etc.—they are all about the pursuit of knowledge.

8. Gen Z brings conversation of mental health to the forefront.

McKinsey reports that close to a billion people have a mental-health or substance-use disorder. As companies prepare employees to return to the workplace, removing the stigma of mental health conditions is a top priority of Generation Z. Making employees well-being and mental health a workplace priority where all employees can thrive, and feel supported is vital in today’s changing workplace
postings.

9. They are justice-minded, have a heart for a mission, and get out there to make it happen.

Generation Z volunteers! Maybe they will vote? Time will tell.

10. They are independent workers.

They like their own space. They enjoy working alone on a project, and they do not appear to be as collaborative as the Millennials. And here’s some good or, maybe, bad news for parents.

We are seeing a generation that questions and is questioning things and forcing us to look in the mirror and challenge the status quo. They are our future. We don’t have to like or agree with everything they do and say, and I hope that some of us, sage “old ” can undoubtedly impart some wisdom on them, but the real magic happens when we both have open minds and learn from each other.


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