Millennials vs. Generation Z: How Do They Achieve Success in the Workplace?
Guest blog post from Manilla Recruitment
The workforce dynamics are changing along with the times. Today’s employees not only have job-specific competencies but they also have a natural ability to familiarize themselves with new technologies around them. They have no problems learning how a particular system works as long as they have the proper training on how to use such specialized tools. For them, technology is something that they need be more productive and efficient at work.
Through technology, your employees can reduce the time they need to complete their day-to-day tasks. Since technology can automate repetitive or mundane tasks, your employees can do more things. In turn, a fast turnaround time gives your business better chances of competing in the market as you serve consumers who want instant gratification for their needs.
Despite how technology helps in the quicker completion of tasks, it enables people to become creative thinkers and problem solvers. This is especially true for both millennial and Generation Z workers. Although born in different eras, millennials and Gen Z both have a good grasp of technology and its uses but may apply it in different ways. Millennials are likely to use online channels of communication, such as messaging apps, while Gen Z might use media technologies to prepare reports or presentations.
Culturally speaking, hiring millennials and Gen Z paves the way for diversity in the workplace since each type of worker possesses a different set of traits or personality type.
On the one hand, millennials bring to the table positive values, such as strong work ethics and a collaborative spirit. Your millennial employees can also become your most loyal allies who will stick with your company for a long time, especially when they’re targeting a promotion. Since millennials are a generation ahead of Gen Z, they have more experience that makes them credible mentors to Gen Z employees.
Meanwhile, although Gen Z are relatively inexperienced, they compensate for this with their fresh ideas. Gen Z employees will not hesitate to share their ideas or express their opinions to demonstrate that they are equally capable of delivering quality work alongside their millennial counterparts. In fact, Gen Z are as driven as millennials when it comes to setting career goals and achieving them.
By knowing how the millennial and Gen Z demographics work, you, as an employer, can have more insights on what type of work environment will help them become happy, engaged, and productive employees of your company.
An ideal workspace is one that meets the needs of both millennials and Gen Z instead of favoring one over the other. It would be good, for example, to make collaborative spaces as well as individual workstations available in your office and then have your employees choose where they’re most comfortable to work. At the end of the day, you want your employees to feel valued and motivated as they help steer your company to growth and success.
Are you seeing the same workforce trends in your organization? You can get to know more about the working style, interests, and motivations of modern-day employees, particularly millennials and Gen Z, in this infographic.