What Next-Generation Workers Want at Work

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-20-2016 Email

The majority of young employees today feel “very” or “extremely” prepared to work effectively within a team–and most of them aspire to emerge as future leaders at work, according to survey from Future Workplace and Randstad US. A number of the findings–which focus upon Generation Z and Millennials–may surprise CIOs and other top managers. For starters, young professionals said they learn and develop best by getting right down to work–through project-based assignments. And while they do gain a sense of accomplishment through job titles and promotions, the earning of their colleagues’ respect means nearly as much to them. As far as the tech thing goes, they actually prefer to communicate with coworkers in person, as opposed to email or instant messaging. However, they still seek tools and working space which most effectively enables them to collaborate. “Whether it is in a corporate office, at home or in a coffee shop, Gen Z workers prefer collaborative work environments,” said Jim Link, chief human resources officer at Randstad North America. “In fact, our study found that global Gen Z workers named ‘co-workers who like to collaborate’ as the type of worker who would help them do their best work, second only to co-workers who work as hard as they do … Companies seeking to be an employer of choice must leverage the collaborative revolution taking place and provide the technology, tools and processes that facilitate and encourage it.” A total of 4,066 global Gen Z and Millennial workers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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