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Enhancing Workplace Experience For Gen Z Employees

Trust and psychological safety are the cornerstones of high-performing teams; hence, organizations should consider designing workspaces that enhance employee experience says Avneet Hora, Senior Director, Human Resources, Unisys

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Gen Z candidates have grown up with technology at their fingertips and are considered true digital natives, with many connected to screens upwards of 10+ hours a day. They are naturally tech-savvy, innovative, and value authenticity. Their distinctive traits have brought about significant changes in the workplace already. But to continue creating a workplace that resonates with Gen Z, organizations will have to consider several areas, including engagement, flexibility, diversity, equity and inclusion, continuous learning, and growth opportunities.

GEN Z AND ENGAGEMENT

This generation of employees comes with high expectations of the companies they work for and the impact they have on the communities they live and work in. Beyond making charitable donations, Gen Z is looking for organizations that give them a chance to be part of the process. Engaging Gen Z employees through social responsibility initiatives demonstrates an organization's ability to align with their values and create a sense of purpose. Organizing volunteer activities, supporting community causes, and promoting sustainability are just a few ways employers can engage Gen Z employees effectively. Employers can also ensure that the office is equipped with modern and tech-friendly amenities that boost collaboration and relationship building. Also, incorporating gamification features into the daily work processes appeals to Gen Z's competitive mindset and increases engagement by turning routine tasks into thrilling challenges. 

GEN Z AND FLEXIBILITY AND INCLUSIVITY 

Another interesting characteristic of this generation is the high priority they place on work-life balance and flexibility. Flexible working hours have gained significant popularity over the years, and Gen Z employees are at the forefront of this movement. Unlike the traditional 9-to-5 schedule, flexible working hours allow individuals to adapt their work schedule to their personal needs, whether it's attending classes, pursuing hobbies, or taking care of family responsibilities. Gen Z employees feel empowered when they are given the freedom to manage their time. Hence why organizations may want to evaluate their work models and incorporate flexible working hours and hybrid workplaces; this includes implementing policies that promote taking time to focus on mental health and general well-being. Employers also may want to consider what policies are in place that contribute to creating an inclusive and supportive work culture. 

Speaking of inclusive workplaces, Generation Z is probably the most inclusive generation. They actively support diversity among their colleagues and leaders and are more inclined to stay loyal to workplaces and communities that share their values. Thus, fostering a culture that supports diversity and inclusivity is crucial to attracting these employees. 

GEN Z AND TECHNOLOGY

As we’ve established, this generation has grown up in a world filled with technology, connectivity, and easy access to information whenever they want. This, in my opinion, has had a profound impact on their approach to learning and development. Gen Z employees recognize the importance of life-long learning that does not end with traditional schooling. They are comfortable and confident using online platforms, learning from video tutorials, reading e-books, and listening to audiobooks. In fact, this has given rise to several edtech solutions and companies today.

To meet the aspirations of the ambitious Gen Z, employers must utilize digital channels to upskill them and offer ample career development opportunities. Organizations can offer ongoing professional development via learning platforms, online training, regular feedback sessions and mentorship programs. Companies can also provide career development paths for upskilling to help Gen Z employees feel valued and engaged in their work. 

Finally, trust and psychological safety are the cornerstones of high-performing teams; hence, organizations should consider designing workspaces that enhance employee experience. The key to enhancing the workplace experience for Gen Z employees is to comprehend their values, communicate effectively, and adapt to their preferences, especially regarding technology and work-life balance. Organizations can create workplaces that resonate with Gen Z employees and position themselves for success in today's dynamic workforce by attracting the next generation of top talent.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house


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