What Next-Generation Workers Want at Work

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-20-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    What Next-Generation Workers Want at Work
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    What Next-Generation Workers Want at Work

    Collaborative work environments, social media tools and in-person meetings are what motivates the majority of surveyed Millennial and Generation Z workers.
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     Roster-Ready
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    Roster-Ready

    77% of survey respondents said they are either “very” or “extremely” well prepared to work effectively within a team at work.
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    Role Models
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    Role Models

    81% aspire to be a future leader, and 80% are either “very” or “extremely” willing to become mentors.
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     Most Beneficial Learning/Development Programs and Opportunities
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    Most Beneficial Learning/Development Programs and Opportunities

    Project-based work: 20%, Corporate-sponsored classes: 18%, Online courses: 17%, Mentoring/executive sponsorship: 16%
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    Top In-Demand Office Tech Among Gen Z, Millennials

    Social media: 41%, Wearable tech: 27%, Virtual reality: 26%, Robotics: 20%, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses): 18%, Augmented reality: 14%
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    Most Distracting Tech at Work for Young Professionals

    Social networking: 46%, Text messaging: 39%, Email: 31%, Instant messaging: 27%, Video conferences: 17%
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    Up Close and Personal
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    Up Close and Personal

    39% of survey respondents said that the most effective way to communicate with a coworker is in person, as opposed to email (16%), phone (11%) or IM (10%)
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    Success Standards

    22% said they measure success by their job titles and promotions, but 21% do so through the perceived respect they get from colleagues.
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    Successful Transition

    78% said their expectations of their current workplace are being met, and 74% said they’d be “very” or “extremely” likely to recommend their current company to a friend.
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    Ideal Attributes, Part I

    56% said the kind of people they work with plays a major factor in enabling them to do their best work, while 52% cite the type of work they do.
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    38% said having the ability to focus and collaborate plays a major factor in enabling them to do their best work, and 31% said their particular type of workspace does.
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    Unified Strength

    31% said coworkers who are “willing to work as hard” as they do help them do their best work, while 21% cite coworkers who like to collaborate.
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    On-Site

    42% said they prefer to work in a corporate office, and 21% said they most like to work in a “co-working space” (a shared environment). Only one-fifth said they’d prefer to work from home.
 

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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