Hiring Gen Z: Understanding the Next Generation of Workers

Generation Z, defined as individuals born between 1997 and 2012, is now entering the workforce and represents a significant portion of the global talent pool. As companies seek to stay competitive in a rapidly changing job market, it’s important to understand the best strategies for hiring and retaining Gen Z.

Keep Technology Top of Mind When Hiring Gen Z

One of the key characteristics of Gen Z is their digital savviness. Growing up in an era of technological advancement, this generation is tech-literate and has a natural affinity for digital devices and platforms.

According to a study by the National Retail Federation, 96% of Gen Z owns a smartphone, and they use it for an average of five hours per day. They are often highly skilled in are as such as coding, design, and online marketing, and they’re eager to apply these skills in the workplace. Companies that embrace technology and provide opportunities for Gen Z to use and develop their digital skills will be more likely to attract and retain top talent from this generation.

Gen Z Pursues Purpose in Life and At Work

Another important aspect to consider when hiring Gen Z is their desire for purpose and meaning in their work. This generation is highly motivated by a sense of purpose and a desire to make a positive impact on the world. According to a survey by Deloitte, 77% of Gen Z workers believe it’s important to work for a company that makes a positive impact on society. Companies that can offer opportunities for meaningful work and opportunities for personal and professional growth will be more attractive to Gen Z job seekers.

Embrace Entrepreneurial Spirit of Gen Z

Gen Z is also known for their entrepreneurial spirit and desire to work for themselves. Many members of this generation view traditional “9-to-5 jobs” as limiting and are more likely to seek flexible work arrangements, such as freelance or remote work. According to a study by Upwork, 55% of Gen Z workers believe that freelancing will become more common in the future. Companies that offer flexible work options will be more appealing to Gen Z workers, who value work-life balance and the ability to manage their own time.

Don’t Forget Diversity and Inclusion

In addition to their digital savviness and entrepreneurial spirit, Gen Z is also known for their desire for diversity and inclusion. This generation is highly supportive of equality and values the diverse perspectives that come from a diverse workforce. According to a study by, 84% of Gen Z workers believe it’s important for companies to promote diversity and inclusion. Companies that prioritize diversity and inclusion in their hiring and workplace practices will be more likely to attract Gen Z workers and create a welcoming and inclusive work environment.

Development Opportunities Help Attract and Retain Gen Z

Finally, Gen Z is highly focused on personal and professional development. This generation values ongoing learning and wants to continuously improve and grow in their careers. According to a survey by LinkedIn, 94% of Gen Z workers believe it’s important to continuously learn and grow in their careers. Companies that provide opportunities for professional development, such as training and mentorship programs, will be more appealing to Gen Z workers.

Take the Guesswork Out of Hiring Gen Z

To summarize, companies interested in hiring GenZ must be willing to adapt to the unique characteristics and values of this next generation of workers. By embracing technology, offering flexible work arrangements, prioritizing diversity and inclusion, and providing opportunities for personal and professional growth, companies can create a work environment that appeals to Gen Z and attracts top talent from this demographic. Understanding the needs and motivations of Gen Z is critical to building a successful and productive workforce for the future.

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July 25, 2023

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