Debunking myths around Generation Z.

By: Tiffany Grosskreutz

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Who are we? Gen Z!

What do we want? Professional development, upward mobility, and a company that gives back to our community!

There are many stereotypes around about our youngest generation entering the workforce, also known as Generation Z or Gen Z. Employers may think they have them all figured out, but we’re here to set the record straight. Here are three common misconceptions of the most ethnically and racially diverse generation to date. The third one may surprise you!

  1. Work/Life balance vs. Work/Life Blend 

In a recent study done by Ripplematch, unlike their Millennial predecessors, members of Gen Z are much more open to allowing work and life to blend. Working more than Dolly Parton’s 9-5 is normal for them because they are dedicated to the mission and vision of the company. Particularly with the advances in technology and more companies allowing for a remote workforce, Gen Z doesn’t mind logging in the evening and early in the morning to ensure their job is done and done well.

  1. Big Reputation vs. Big Heart

Gen Z (also known as “Philanthroteens“) doesn’t care about big company reputations. The mission and core values of the company are far more critical in their job selection process. Gen Z is much more likely to take a position with a company that gives a percentage of its profits back to the community rather than a big player that relies on its name alone to attract talent.

  1. Compensation vs. Professional Development 

Younger generations are known to ask for higher wages, but you won’t see that from Gen Z. Instead of stressing over your compensation budget, put some time and energy into developing career paths for each position and be ready to share that with your Gen Z applicants. It will go so much further than a beefed-up salary and laundry list of benefits and could be the winning ticket to landing your top candidate.

There are over 60 Million members of Gen Z in the US alone and. they are taking the workforce by storm in internship and entry-level positions. Our future is diversity, heart, and dedicated employees.

We are looking forward to learning from them and relying on them in years to come.

If you would like more information on how to create a recruiting strategy around attracting and hiring Gen Z, please connect with us!

 

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