In particular, and as highlighted in our recent report, ‘Generation Z – Agents of Change’, an overwhelming 83% of employers see recruiting the next generation as a greater challenge than meeting growth targets or innovating. In particular, employers are concerned that they won’t be able to meet the needs of this cohort, with 53% being worried about Gen Z’s need for instant gratification and immediate access to information and 44% concerned about the high expectations that Gen Z may have around technology in the workplace.
With this hurdle gaining prominence it’s important that businesses are in a good position to harness Gen Z employees as catalysts of long-term, over-arching change. A key responsibility of every leader is to ensure their workforce is productive and able to collaboratively help the business achieve its goals. With that in mind, below, I outline the three ways in which leaders can work towards effectively managing Generation Z employees: