December 1, 2016
Millennials are now entering their thirties and, believe it or not, beginning to peak at 34-35 years of age, and as we have all seen - they already play a big part in our work culture.
Known as ‘digitarians’ or the superficial extroverts, Gen Z can be seen as one of the most profound changes in business and society following the emergence of the post-Millennial generation. Perhaps we should pay more attention towards those born in the 90’s, the one's who are about to flood the workforce and who already make-up a whopping one quarter of the American population.
One of my favourite websites, Fast Company, recently announced findings from Adecco Staffing USA this week which shed some scary workplace insights on Gen Z. One of the starling findings was that 27% of students surveyed believe they should only stay at their job for one year or less.
Looking forward, in order to beat competitors, we will need to focus our efforts on ensuring the sustainability of our most important assets, our staff. In order to attract the very best and brightest, we need to pay urgent attention to the workspace.
Here are five ways companies should address Gen Z to best position their workplace for success, as reported by Fast Company:
According to The Gen Z Effect: The Six Forces Shaping the Future of Business, by authors Tom Koulopoulos and Dan Keldsen; while every new generation has faced its share of disruption in technology, economics, politics and society, no other generation in the history of mankind has had the ability to connect every human being on the planet to each other while being socially and economically engaged.
From what we can see, a company’s success is determined by the quality of the workspace it provides – and how it can allow workers to connect and collaborate together under one roof. As South African corporates begin to wake-up and smell the benefits, it’s evident they realise that the workspace of today needs to be optimally planned in order to attract, retain and engage workers. More than just a single workspace - it is a palette of places and shared experiences for all personality types and generations to thrive in.