Recent workplace trends released by Sodexo showed individuals belonging to Generation Z – those born between 1995 and 2012 – will represent nearly 35 percent of the workforce in the next seven years.
As advancements in technology continue to develop, the Gen Z workers are more likely to adapt to new workplace environments considering their total immersion in social media and smart technology while returning to some of the values often associated with more traditional generations.
As different studies continue to decode what sets Generation Z apart from previous groups, 2017 already marked the first full year with Gen Z in the workforce.
Mak Zara, HR Manager of Sodexo On-site Services Philippines, Inc., said that Gen Z employees are now starting to change team dynamics by fostering a vibrant multi-generational mix in the company.
“This is strongly motivated by the fact that Gen Z and millennials are now close to 70 percent of our 2,800-strong workforce,” he said.
Zara said by understanding deeper the motivators and values of this generation, there is an opportunity to understand as well the future for workplaces.
The study of Sodexo, which is committed to help clients prepare their workplaces for the next generation of talents through solutions ranging from experience design to tailored engagement programs, also revealed that being irrelevant and being stuck (in limbo) were this generation’s deepest fears.
“As much as possible, Gen Zers seek out many different experiences and explore multiple roles in order to satisfy their hunger for career development,” the report said.
It then suggests that employers nowadays need to respect the “side hustle” of Gen Zs – whether it’s blogging, freelancing or creating YouTube content.
“For Gen Z, they believe that they can earn through their passion and it can happen anywhere, especially with the help of smart technology,” report said.
“Experiential, cross-functional trainings here and outside the country are part of our development program. This promotes learning new skills and exploring multiple roles. For Gen Zers who are focused on career progression, this is essential,” added Zara.