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Survey Explores Experience of Gen Z in the Workplace

Staying ahead of workforce trends is crucial for HR professionals and people managers. A recent report by iHire offers valuable insights into the Gen Z workforce, providing essential guidance for recruitment and retention strategies.

Tackling Stereotypes and Bias

A significant finding is that 34.4% of Gen Zs believe negative stereotypes about their generation will hinder their job searches and careers. This perception can be a barrier to attracting young talent. As managers, it’s vital to combat these stereotypes by fostering an inclusive culture that values diverse perspectives. Unconscious bias training and promoting positive narratives about Gen Z can help mitigate these concerns.

In-Person Work Preferences

Interestingly, 55.8% of Gen Zs prefer an entirely in-person work environment. While remote and hybrid models are popular, recognizing and accommodating the desire for in-person interactions can enhance team cohesion and collaboration for this generation.

Prioritizing Work Environment and Compensation

Gen Z places a high value on a supportive work environment, with 82.4% rating it as “extremely” or “very” important. Competitive salaries (82.2%) and work/life balance flexibility (81.3%) are also top priorities. To attract and retain Gen Z employees, organizations must focus on creating a positive workplace culture, offering competitive compensation, and providing flexible work options.

Job Qualification and Expectation Challenges

This research reveals that 38.6% of Gen Zs struggle to find jobs they’re qualified for, and 25.6% are frustrated by unrealistic employer requirements. This disconnect suggests a need to reevaluate job descriptions. Focusing on potential and trainability rather than rigid qualifications can widen the talent pool and foster a more inclusive hiring process.

Enhancing Interview and Communication Skills

Employers note that 58.3% of Gen Z candidates need better interviewing skills, and 57.5% need improved communication with hiring managers. Providing resources and training to enhance these skills can bridge the gap between employer expectations and candidate capabilities.

Understanding and adapting to Gen Z’s preferences and challenges is essential for HR professionals and managers. Addressing stereotypes, accommodating in-person work preferences, fostering positive environments, and refining hiring practices can attract and engage this emerging generation. For a deeper dive, the full report is available at iHire Gen Z Report.

By staying informed and proactive, your organization can become an employer of choice for Gen Z talent.

Lin Grensing-Pophal is a Contributing Editor at HR Daily Advisor.

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