Gen Z: 7 Must-Have Characteristics They Want in a Job

Gen Z: 7 Must-Have Characteristics They Want in a Job

In just a couple short years, Generation Z is expected to comprise a fifth of the workforce. If you want to successfully attract this talent, make sure you tailor your positions to the following seven characteristics this generation wants in a job.

Generation Z, those born after 1995 and are just entering the workforce, are different than any generation that has come before them. They are a thoughtful generation in making decisions and that is especially true when it comes to accepting a job. Read on below for a list of the seven things that matter most to this generation in their job search

Growth opportunities

Generation Z plans to change companies no more than four times in their career. Thus, it is important to them to work for a company who offers growth opportunities. From the initial interview through annual performance reviews and everything in between, this generation will be challenging their managers to show them a path. They will want to understand what opportunities are present both inside and outside of the company.

Generous pay

This generation watched their parents struggle through a recession. They understand money doesn’t grow on trees and that you must work hard for what you have. They expect to work harder than any prior generation, but they also expect that their salaries match their effort. Generous pay is a priority to them.

Making a positive impact

Philanthropists at heart, Generation Z wants to work for companies that are making a positive impact. They want to know the companies they work for are good corporate citizens and are doing good for the communities in which they operate.

Job security

Because this generation doesn’t want to change jobs often, it is important to them to know they have job security. They want to feel comfortable in their roles and know that if they work hard, they will have a job.

Healthcare benefits

With the ever-changing political scene surrounding healthcare, it is no wonder this generation wants to ensure that they have good healthcare benefits.  It is important not only that they have coverage, but good coverage.

Flexible hours

Like the millennials that came before them, Generation Z would like to see flexible hours. Unlike millennials, they prefer to do their work in a traditional office setting with small groups.

A manager to learn from

Managers to learn from are becoming an increasingly important attribute. Generation Z wants to learn from their manager as they would like to stay in their companies and grow. Who better to learn from than the person who is leading you?

If these are the factors that are important to Generation Z, do you feel your company is ready to meet their demands? How might you change your internal policies? With this group becoming 20% of the workforce in 2020, time is of the essence.

Ashley Basile Oeken is president of Engage! Cleveland, a nonprofit whose mission is to attract, engage and retain young, diverse talent to the Greater Cleveland area.

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