What Gen Z really wants in the workplace We need to move beyond tired stereotypes about the youngest generation in the workplace.


Stereotypes are prevalent for every generation, including Gen X, millennials, boomers, and now Gen Z, the latest generation to enter the workforce. While it is important to acknowledge that no generation is a monolith and it is problematic to generalize based solely on birth year, these clichés persist. Gen Z is often characterized as lazy and constantly glued to their phones. However, it is essential to understand and categorize each generation for the purpose of effectively leading and working with them.

Recently, Fast Company conducted a survey involving over 100 individuals, including C-suite executives and those born between 1996 and 2010, to gain insights into Gen Z as workers. The survey resulted in a comprehensive guide consisting of 142 points, exploring various aspects of Gen Z's mindset and preferences. The topics covered include their emphasis on authenticity, their approach to mental health, and their expectations from their bosses.

For managers seeking to understand Gen Z employees better, the guide provides valuable insights. It reveals that despite their reputation for being digitally connected, Gen Z (mostly) desires a return to the office. Furthermore, it sheds light on how Gen Z, being the first truly digitally native generation, thinks about communication. It also emphasizes the importance of avoiding corporate jargon when engaging with Gen Z.

Overall, while stereotypes exist for every generation, it is crucial to recognize the individuality within each group. Understanding and adapting to the unique characteristics and preferences of Gen Z can lead to more effective leadership, marketing, and collaboration that benefits both organizations and Gen Z employees.  

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