Gen Z, more than any other, finds itself at odds with past generations. Unfortunately, this is working to the downfall of all generations, old and new. Gen Z is seeing historic turnover rates, and modern employers are losing money attempting to keep them onboard. What makes Gen Z so different though?
First and foremost, the modern workplace can not be discussed without mentioning COVID-19 and the pandemic. This event was one of the greatest disruptions to industry in all of modern history. It also led to layoffs of Gen Z members at highly disproportionate rates. No other generation was as affected in terms of employment as Gen Z.
Past this, the culture of Gen Z versus generations of the past is extremely distinct. Gen Z values principles like cooperation, consideration, and transparency in the workplace far more than generations past. This would be enough of a disparity on its own, but it’s also continuously exacerbated by media sources as well.
Finally Gen Z tends to be far less committed to individual jobs and career paths. Few members of Gen Z are looking to linearly progress through and commit to a job. Today 65% of Gen Z talent quit within a year of their employment. There is more involved than simply coming up with office party ideas. More than generations past Gen Z is expected to take on job after job year after year.
These few factors put together start to create the image of what makes Gen Z so different. A generation that struggled through COVID, built on the culture of the internet, and with indecisive career paths. It’s not hard to see why there’s such a clash, the question is what’s next? How can businesses and employees alike work together to make it all work? At this point only time can tell.
See more about how to recruit Gen Z as well as retain them in the workforce in the infographic below:
Source: Abode HR
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