Workplace friction between the generations has always existed. When Baby Boomers entered the workforce, they sought rewards and recognition that previous generations scoffed at. Then came Generation X, who were known for being more independent and were seen by older workers as not being team-players. Next arrived the Millennials, who brought with them new technological skills that really shook up a lot of workplaces, in ways that were both appreciated and ways that were not.
Now—Gen Z is entering the mix, and a recent study shows that the older generations are already experiencing frustrations with their younger coworkers. 74% of the managers and business leaders surveyed stated they found Gen Z to be more difficult to work with than other generations.
But as of 2025, Gen Z is going to be making up nearly 27% of the global labor force. In other words, they are no longer the future of work, but the present. This means it’s time to start understanding what they bring to the table and how to best use their skills while respecting their specific workplace values and attitudes.
Attending school during lockdown, logging into class from the comfort of their own homes, and missing out on key socialization features of in-person learning, had a major impact on how Gen Z’s approach the labor market. What they value above all else is, therefore, not surprising.
For example, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics has been paying close attention to the productivity and efficiency trends in the post-covid workforce. Researchers found the flexibility of a hybrid workplace reduces attrition, improves employee satisfaction, and does not have a significant effect on productivity. Employees who were offered flexible work schedules also tended to take less sick days and made up for lost time when they were in the office and/or over the weekend.
Additionally, DEI initiatives have been proven to boost productivity and lead to higher levels of employee retention. Not to mention, creating a more equitable workplace—which includes taking steps to accommodate those with mental health diagnoses—is simply the right thing to do.
So if you’re looking to tap into some of the unique skills and viewpoints of Gen Z workers but don’t know where to start, let us help you find the perfect match. At CyberCoders, we’ve navigated our way through all the latest labor market trends and know how to recruit the best of the best in a fraction of the time. Click here to find out more.
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