Ready to work: Gen Z

Millennials will be part of our workforce for decades to come. But there’s another generation of employees entering the workplace, Generation Z, those born between 1993 and 2010.

As employers will soon discover, Gen Zers have a different and more pragmatic view on their career and the workplace compared to millennials.

According to an Accenture Strategy survey, Gen Zers plan ahead, with 88 percent saying they considered job prospects when picking a college major.

Generation Z is also more willing to work for large companies and plans to stay in jobs longer. These are two things we don’t commonly see in millennials, which means employers may have a more steady and loyal workforce in the coming years.

In fact, according to the survey, Generation Z employees say they are committed to staying with an employer for three to five years. They also say they value a clear career path, stability, training and mentoring.

Another shift Generation Z employees are bringing to the workforce is their strong interpersonal skills (perhaps that’s why 40 percent prefer in-person meetings, data shows).

These new graduates list communication, problem-solving, and management skills as their best assets as an employee. This generation’s dedication to a company is also reflected in their desire for mentorship: having a supervisor that can act as a mentor or coach is ranked as a top priority for these workers.

One thing these recent graduates are disappointed in is their level of underemployment. The number of Generation Z employees who report being underemployed rose from 41 percent to 54 percent last year.

About the Author

Will Temby

Will has enjoyed a 20-year career in leadership positions in the hospitality and travel industry throughout the U.S. with the Hyatt, Sheraton, Hilton, Renaissance and Steamboat Ski and Resort corporations. Will received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. From 2000-2007, he served as President and CEO of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. He also served as Vice President-Special Projects for the University of Colorado Foundation from 2007 to 2009. Will is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Homeland Defense Foundation and former member of the United States Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. He is married to Nan, has five wonderful children, and enjoys coaching, traveling, hiking, golfing and skiing.