As more individuals from the baby boomer generation reach retirement age, a wave of Gen Zers is entering the workforce for the first time. This latest generation consists of individuals born between 1997 and 2012, many of whom are now between 18 and 25 years old. With a significant portion of the older generation exiting the workforce permanently, and a younger group of individuals taking over, there is much speculation about the changes this new wave will bring. However, despite any doubts, the future looks bright for a generation of people known for advocating change.
Better Work-Life Balance
While baby boomers generally accepted their jobs for what they were, which often entailed working long hours without a break for other activities, Gen Z is pushing for a better work-life balance. This younger generation is willing to work but seeks greater flexibility and more opportunities to engage in activities they enjoy, such as spending time with family and friends. They are not against following a schedule, but they do not want to spend all their time at work. This is because focusing on work all day long is not a healthy way to live, and it can negatively impact one’s mental health.
The days of missing meals with family or not being able to attend events with friends because of work are gone. As Gen Z continues to advocate for better work-life balance, more companies are willing to offer the flexibility that they want, need, and deserve.
More Diverse and Inclusive Workplace Environments
Most people value diversity and inclusivity, and Gen Z is no exception. This younger generation is pushing for changes in hiring practices to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to get hired based on their skills, experience, knowledge, and education instead of their gender, sexual preference, race, or religion. As this generation is values-driven, organizations will need to re-evaluate their hiring policies and strive for a more inclusive environment that welcomes people from all walks of life.
In the past, it was common for individuals to accept jobs with little diversity, feeling powerless to make any changes and fearing the consequences of speaking up. However, Gen Z is determined not to settle for less. This younger generation is willing to stand up for what is right, encouraging business owners to create inclusive environments where discriminatory practices are no longer tolerated.
Gen Z will bring many changes to the workforce, prioritizing mental health, better work-life balance, and inclusivity for all. If your organization has not yet focused on offering flexibility or fostering a more accepting and diverse environment, now is the time to make the necessary changes.
I wholeheartedly urge all of you to embrace this challenging and these changes. We can do much better than all the positive things that were done in past generations. Let’s be better – LET’S DO BETTER!