So, who exactly are Gen Z? You’ll be forgiven for thinking that young people these days are Millenials. This common term seems to be thrown around whenever people are describing, or complaining, about the youth of today.
In fact, Millenials were born between 1981 and 1994, meaning they are currently 22-37 years of age. This makes Gen Z, those born after 1995, the workforce of tomorrow, so it’s important you know who they are and what drives them.
Here’s a list of Gen Z behaviour to help you understand how they can support your business as an apprentice, so there’s no need to worry if you don’t know whose finstagram is lit or what on earth ‘yeet’ means.
Whereas Millenials grew up in the digital age, Gen Z were born into it. What was a learning curve of new technology for their parents has become second nature to them.
It might be tempting to bellyache about them being glued to their smartphones, but what this has resulted in is a whole generation who can easily wrap their heads around new technology.
For industries that are heavily rooted in computing or digital technologies, this allows apprentices to integrate into their role effortlessly. Just make sure you have quick WiFi!
Masters of multitasking
When kids have grown up using Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram (sometimes at the same time), is it any surprise that they are skilled at multitasking?
Whether they are posting, commenting or swiping, Gen Z have adapted to using multiple platforms simultaneously. This ingrained skill is adaptable to almost any work environment, meaning you’ll have no trouble putting this to good use.
Short attention span
Gen Z are constantly absorbing information, often at the blink of an eye. Spending their youth surrounded by apps such as Snapchat and Vine has made receiving constant updates the norm, which has ultimately stunted their attention spans.
Although your office meetings are unlikely to last less than ten seconds, this doesn’t mean they won’t take anything in. As they’re accustomed to receiving a barrage of updates, Gen Z have a knack for processing information faster than other generations and are highly adaptable to change.
So, whereas Brian from Accounting may not like the new operating system, a Gen Z apprentice will learn it inside out.
Gen Z have grown up in a world of innovation, full of developing technology and connected to every corner of the globe. They’ve seen what’s possible and want a piece of the action for themselves.
This has resulted in a generation of young adults who are starting their careers with an entrepreneurial head on their shoulders. They are full of ideas – use them before someone else does!
What this all means for your business
Whether it’s drones on construction sites, virtual reality in healthcare or artificial intelligence in business management, technology is constantly evolving and is always finding new footholes across industries. By employing a team that are used to innovation, you’ll be ensuring that your business can keep up with modern changes.
Gen Z have an advantage over older generations, simply due to how they have been raised in the digital age. By being familiar with technology, expert multitaskers and full of fresh ideas they are in a great position to become an asset to your business. Plus, as they are quick at absorbing new information, they are ideal candidates for training courses to help them develop further.