Find out how to help the youngest group of employees excel
As the initial wave of Generation Z enters the workforce, employers are trying to determine how to hire and train members of the age group — and results from a new global survey indicate taking Gen Z employees’ technology skills and interests into account could help with both efforts.
Providing cutting-edge technology, for instance, may help when recruiting Gen Z employees; 87 percent say they want to work with that type of tech. Ninety-one percent say the technology an employer uses would be a factor in choosing a job among similar offers.
Many Gen Z members, though, favor non-technological interactions in the workplace. They ranked in-person communication with coworkers higher than conversing via phone, messaging or texting in the survey; 75 percent say they expect to learn on the job from colleagues, instead of through online instruction.
In addition, more than half (53 percent) of Gen Z employees would prefer to work in an office, versus working from home.
The generation generally possesses strong tech skills; 73 percent rate their technology literacy as good or excellent. Seventy-seven percent of future Gen Z employees say they’d be willing to mentor an older coworker who was less experienced with technology.
Gen Z members feel less confident, however, about some of their other skills. More than half (57 percent) say their education didn’t prepare them for their career. Fifty-two percent worry they may lack the experience and soft skills employers are looking for in candidates.
To find out more about recruiting Gen Z, the age group’s communication preferences and other aspects of having Generation Z in the workplace, view this summary of the survey findings from Dell Technologies, which conducted the research.