What you need to know:
- They are interested in technology and are eager to learn, so try to provide resources which include training on digital skills.
- The ones who are savvy should be given an opportunity to utilise their skills and appreciated when they do so.
- Fairness is very critical to them and therefore, all policies should be seen to be fair to avoid disgruntlement.
How is the corporate world embracing Gen Zs in the workplace who at any provocation term the environment as toxic and are always ready to quit despite being tech savvy and bringing fresh perspectives on board?
To minimise arguments, be clear on the expected deliverables. Most disagreement originate from discord between the perceived performance by the Gen Zs and the supervisor. There is need for constant communication to update the employees. Create forums that allow them to ask questions and give their suggestions. That will make them feel important. This generation appreciates social interaction, so the organisation must establish enjoyable social forums driven by Gen Zs.
Young people are very keen on their mental health, so supervisors have to check in with them on how they are feeling and also allow them to express themselves. This could reduce conflict since they’ll feel they are being listened to. Gen Zs value work-life balance, so you must have in place policies that allow them to work from home and also flexible reporting time. They are interested in technology and are eager to learn, so try to provide resources which include training on digital skills. The ones who are savvy should be given an opportunity to utilise their skills and appreciated when they do so. Fairness is very critical to them and therefore, all policies should be seen to be fair to avoid disgruntlement. There should be clear boundaries on how the organisation wants employees to relate. If there is a disagreement, there should also be a policy offering guidance on how to manage it.
The organisation should have guidelines on how they should behave. There should be clear communication on the repercussion of not adhering to the guidelines which should apply to all employees. Culture is the sum total of the behaviour at the workplace, and Gen Zs should be aware that they also contribute to either a positive culture or a toxic one. Therefore, they should give suggestions on how to improve the work environment rather than claiming the environment is toxic. There is no single person who is employed to manage and influence culture, it is a collective responsibility. Therefore, don’t allow the Gen Zs to claim the culture is toxic as a defense mechanism when questioned on their behaviour or performance. Quitting is a personal choice and no one should threaten the employer that they will quit especially when they are held to account. The organisation must develop a talent pipeline to ensure business continuity.