In combination with younger Millennials, our work environments are once again to be faced with a new onslaught of necessary change as Generation Z enters the workforce.
For several years businesses around the world have spent billions of dollars to effectively engage and accommodate the Millennial generation and their difference in methodological approach to business. It is stated that the Millennial generation is by far the most researched generation to date, yet many businesses are still struggling to ensure healthy relational interactions and engagement between generations in the workplace.
Right on the heels of the Millennial generation we find Generation Z, or just Gen Z, or as some would prefer; iGen.
This generation is not the same as the Millennials, nor can the same strategies be applied as we prepare for a healthy way to engage and accommodate them in our work environments.
Gen Z is a generation currently between the ages of 12 - 20 (South African context). This might, and ‘is’ different for various countries and geographical regions as generations are not by definition defined by age, but rather by their uniqueness in behavior.
However, early research studies already done about this generation indicates that in combination with the younger Millennials, our work environments are once again to be faced with a new onslaught of necessary change. Change that will determine our relevance and ability to create space for new ways of thinking and application.