As we start to hire Generation Z, we will be blending them with many other generations. Let’s discuss some early incite by looking at general characteristics of Gen X, Y & Z.
According to a report by the Knoll Research Group, blending these generations won’t be easy, but it will be required. Generation X were the “Latch-key Kids” as divorce rates skyrocketed. However, both Millennials and Gen Z value family security. Millennials came back home with their parents a lot when things were not good in the recession while Gen Z have the highest rate of homeschooling ever. How can we translate this into our workforce? Since both groups value family, we better run our businesses the same way. Remember we mentioned that Managers need to be hands-on with training this group? This is why. They want to feel a part of a family, a sense of belonging.
A big challenge between Millennials and Gen Z will be work behaviors and how we can blend them together. We know both demand high technology and social media involvement but how they differ is this: Millennials are at ease with the uncertainty of an open, unstructured workspace with a lot of choices and flexibility. Gen Z wants it planned out with clearly defined roles & visual access to training material. So how do we train these generation together? One wants unstructured learning while the other wants a plan. I think the answer is both. As managers, we need to blend both styles.
One other way we can blend all generations is to follow Gen Z’s preferred method of feedback. While they like to learn on their own, they like small groups or one-on-one in a defined space for feedback. Some reports are saying that Gen Z could be face-to-face socially awkward because of social media. Finding a place in your business that can be non-threating to Gen Z for feedback, will be essential in your success to training them. You can also use this method for projects or activities. Developing small groups will be vital in the future.
I hope this gives you some ideas that once we hire Gen Z, we know how to train and keep them with us for years.
Join us next week for more insight on this incredible generation.