Work-life balance and the availability of learning and development opportunities are significantly important to the Gen Z workforce when choosing an employer.
There has been a transformative influence of Generation Z (Gen Z), set to represent nearly one-third of the global workforce by 2025, in the modern workplace, indicates a report by major workspace design firm Steelcase.
The findings of the report reveal that the unique perspectives and preferences of Gen Z are reshaping attitudes and perceptions in organisations worldwide. The new age workforce recognises the value of personal fulfillment and growth, they seek workplaces that foster an environment conducive to their professional and personal aspirations.
The report further underscores that 73% of Gen Z believe that the physical workspace is extremely important to the overall effectiveness of the company they work for. This finding emphasises the need for organisations to provide Gen Z with work environments that not only facilitate productivity but also support collaboration, creativity, and well-being.
Gen Z demonstrates a remarkable commitment to the office environment, working in the office more than any other generation.
Furthermore, Gen Z also gives paramount importance to making connections, learning, and career development within the office setting.
In addition to fulfilling their responsibilities, Gen Z values the opportunity to build relationships and acquire new skills. Unlike previous generations, they view the workplace as a platform for continuous learning and career advancement.
While 16% of boomers, 17% of Gen X, and 17% of millennials focus on socialising in the office, an impressive 25% of Gen Z highly prioritise social interaction for building relationships. Furthermore, when it comes to accessing career development advice and opportunities, 5% of boomers, 8% of Gen X, 13% of millennials, and 17% of Gen Z actively seek such support. Similarly, 6% of Boomers, 10% of Gen X, 11% of Millennials, and 18% of Gen Z express a strong desire for access to learning opportunities.
The report reveals that Gen Z is more likely to perceive an increase in the value of the workplace during the pandemic. As compared to 42% of millennials, only 30% of Gen X, and a mere 23% of boomers, a substantial 54% of Gen Z recognises the elevated importance of the workplace in the face of global disruptions.
The report highlights the imperative for organisations to adapt to the evolving demands of Gen Z in order to attract, engage, and retain top talent. By prioritising work-life balance, offering robust learning and development programs, and creating innovative workspaces, companies can embrace the potential of this generation and drive positive transformations in the workplace.