How IT Will Drive the Next Generation of Workers
The vast majority of them haven't entered the workforce yet, but young people identified as "Gen Z" have already developed strong ideas about how tech will impact their careers, according to a recent survey from Monster. The accompanying report, titled "Move Over, Millennials: What You'll Need to Know for Hiring as Gen Z Enters the Workforce," indicates that most members of this generation feel that IT solutions and innovations will make them more productive, while raising expectations for what they are expected to accomplish. They also think that tech will increase demand for job candidates with their skills. With respect to recruiting these current and future professionals, employers will have to provide competitive compensation and health benefits, along with assignments that address the need for a "higher purpose." In exchange, these companies will find that members of this generation of workers are highly motivated: They are willing to relocate and work nights and weekends for the right opportunity. "Today's employers need to pay close attention: Employee turnover rates are returning to pre-recession levels, and Gen Z will rapidly outnumber Millennials and Boomers," according to the report. "More self-reliant, technologically savvy and ambitious than previous generations, Gen Z has characteristics that are extremely valuable to employers. … The game is on for how to attract, retain and recruit this new generation." While there are no precise birth dates for these workers, Gen Z is generally defined as those born starting from the mid-1990s to those who will be born as late as the mid-2020s. More than 2,000 professionals representing all workplace generations took part in the research, which was conducted by TNS.