We asked nearly 200 students if they believe if their generation is more knowledgeable than the rest and why? This word cloud represents the most common answers from the students. An overwhelming “YES” seems to dominate the comment bubble from Gen Zers (born 1994-Present). The surrounding reasons are just as interesting: information, resources, access, learning, internet, and education are just a few of the most mentioned.
But, they’re forgetting a few things! There are many other reasons that make their smart approaches extremely valuable to any company. Generation Z's come with a variety of qualities that can guarantee success in the workplace and benefit their employers. We've gone into depth on a few of them below:
Problem Solving Skills
In today’s fast-paced world, it is paramount that new employees can solve problems on their own. How many times do you hear, “come to me with a solution, not a problem”? It doesn’t matter what industry it is - employers want their team to feel empowered to make decisions when appropriate. These entrepreneurial-minded individuals take that same ambition to start something new on their own and apply it in the workplace.
Working with Generation Z can lead to great ideas that will bring the company success and growth! 20% of all Generation Z wants to own their own business someday. 31% of Generation Z believes they will be managing employees in a corporate environment within the next 5 years. They want to learn and soak up all the information they can. They want to succeed and they will add tremendous value being the mindset that nothing comes easily.
Generation Z has been considered to be more realistic than their predecessors (Gen Y). Working closely with them will benefit any company as their knowledge and curiosity will make for a determined employee. The approach they will have towards solving problems on their own will attract many recruiters and help them advance rapidly!
Training, Training, and more training!
Training must have evolved in some way because most generation Z will admit that training is essential to them in any organization. I remember when training meant some mandatory, seemingly pointless meeting or onboarding training video that furthered the agenda of the corporation. Basically, I don’t remember my colleagues nor I learning much ( I am a millennial). In short, training is seen as a hassle for most previous generations.
Generation Z takes a completely different approach. They are wise enough to know that the more skills they obtain, the better off they will be in their professional lives. They were around when trade schools were mentioned left and right and saw the value in not just having education, but having skills. Because generation Z recognizes the importance of training and personal development, it's up to you as the employer to provide those opportunities.
Generation Z are definitely on a path towards success, but they require training and support before they are put into management roles. According to the Bruce Tulgan, author of Bridging the Soft Skills Gap,
“Soft skills may be harder to define and measure than hard skills, but they are just as critical. People get hired because of their hard skills but get fired because of their soft skills,”
Bruce Tulgan suggests that even though this generation will be able to fill the technology gap, they are not going to be able to fill the soft skills gap. No one is perfect and this eager and ambitious group needs to work on developing interpersonal skills such as the following:
- Rigorous evaluation
- Taking personal responsibility
- Maintaining a positive attitude
These are just a few of the many skills out there. For a more complete list, check out our article on behavioral skills to develop within your employees.
Change is Welcomed
Previous generations were traditionally more fearful of change. Change meant the possibility of losing their jobs and uncertainty all around. Change was rarely a good thing, but things are drastically different now. Generation Z takes is different because they embrace change and look forward to it!
Change is at the forefront of every industry, mostly due to technology. They have seen the iPhone change 12 times in less than 10 years! The point is they expect it. Companies need to change and constantly improve or else they will be left behind. This means they are looking for employees that see their vision, innovate with them, and travel with them on their journey.
Change is a constant in today's world, especially with all the start-ups, so it's especially important to have team members that are willing to take on changing job descriptions amongst other things. Generation Z is all about being more flexible and adapting to the needs of the company.
Learn how Prosky can help you evaluate Generation Z with our innovative recruiting software that will help you test for soft skills and more! We can help you get everything you need to make the smartest hiring choce!