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Hiring Gen Z — What They Expect in the Workplace

There’s a shift occurring in the workforce. Baby Boomers are retiring, and Gen X and Millennials are taking over their roles in management. Following in their footsteps is the up and coming Generation Z.

Gen Z is the first generation to be completely immersed in technology. They have been surrounded by the internet, smartphones, digital gadgets, and a plethora of social media apps for their entire lives — they are true “digital natives.” As such, they bring incredible value and tech-savviness to your accounting office. 

What Do They Want?

However, like every generation, these “Zoomers” have preferences and quirks. Here’s what is important to them in the workplace.

Social Justice and Diversity

Gen Z’ers (Zoomers) have a strong sense of social responsibility, which makes sense since they are the most ethnically diverse generation in America’s history. They care about how businesses, and business practices, affect minorities, women, and the LGBTQ+ communities. Your Gen Z employees will take a close look at the authenticity of your company as you reach these groups.

Growth Opportunities

Zoomers are an ambitious group. However, their primary focus is upward mobility and career growth instead of oversized compensation packages and high salaries. While they certainly appreciate being well compensated, they prefer to work for companies that lend a hand to their overall career development. And since they are generally willing to “move around” in search of the best-fit development help, it’s crucial to offer continuous learning and growth opportunities. It’s the top way to increase their loyalty to your company

Independence

This generation is also fiercely independent. Unlike the collaborative Millennials, Gen Z’s prefer their own space and workflow. This isn’t to say they don’t work well on teams. Far from it — community and belonging are essential to them, too. However, they have a strong sense of personal responsibility and self-sufficiency. They would rather not depend on others to get something accomplished.

Flexibility and Well-being

Being “digital-natives,” Zoomers are adept at multitasking. They can carry work in their pockets (those smartphones do everything) and strive to maintain a work-life balance. They desire to immerse themselves in both work and life simultaneously. As a whole, Gen Z takes a holistic approach to health, focusing on mental and emotional well-being. As such, they’re looking for workplaces that provide both flexibility and a health-conscious culture.

These are just a few mindsets that the new workforce is bringing to the table. As you continue to bring them on to your team, it’s essential to adapt to the change in tide and welcome them as you welcome their talent to your firm. The things that make them different as a workforce are the same things that you need to grow!

If you’re looking for some up-and-coming talent among Generation Z,  The Robert Joseph Group can help! We match skilled financial professionals with the right companies and positions. Contact us today.

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