So, who exactly are Gen Z? You’ll be forgiven
for thinking that young people these days are Millenials. This common term
seems to be thrown around whenever people are describing, or complaining, about
the youth of today.
In fact, Millenials were born between 1981 and
1994, meaning they are currently 22-37 years of age. This makes Gen Z, those
born after 1995, the workforce of tomorrow, so it’s important you know who they
are and what drives them.
We’ve put together a list of Gen Z behaviour
to help you understand how they can support your business as an apprentice, so
there’s no need to worry if you don’t know whos finstagram is lit or what on
earth ‘yeet’ means.
Whereas Millenials grew up in the digital age,
Gen Z were born into it. What was a learning curve of new technology for their
parents has become second nature to them.
It might be tempting to bellyache about them
being glued to their smartphones, but what this has resulted in is a whole
generation who can easily wrap their heads around new technology.
For industries that are heavily rooted in
computing or digital technologies, this allows apprentices to integrate into
their role effortlessly. Just make sure you have quick WiFi!
Masters of multitasking
When kids have grown up using Facebook,
Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram (sometimes at the same time), is it any
surprise that they are skilled at multitasking?
Whether they are posting, commenting or
swiping, Gen Z have adapted to using multiple platforms simultaneously. This
ingrained skill is adaptable to almost any work environment, meaning you’ll
have no trouble putting this to good use.
Short attention span
Gen Z are constantly absorbing information,
often at the blink of an eye. Spending their youth surrounded by apps such as
Snapchat and Vine has made receiving constant updates the norm, which has
ultimately stunted their attention spans.
Although your office meetings are unlikely to
last less than ten seconds, this doesn’t mean they won’t take anything in. As
they’re accustomed to receiving a barrage of updates, Gen Z have a knack for
processing information faster than other generations and are highly adaptable
So, whereas Brian from Accounting may not like
the new operating system, a Gen Z apprentice will learn it inside out.
Gen Z have grown up in a world of innovation,
full of developing technology and connected to every corner of the globe.
They’ve seen what’s possible and want a piece of the action for themselves.
This has resulted in a generation of young
adults who are starting their careers with an entrepreneurial head on their
shoulders. They are full of ideas – use them before someone else does!
What this all means for your
Whether it’s drones on construction sites,
virtual reality in healthcare or artificial intelligence in business
management, technology is constantly evolving and is always finding new
footholes across industries. By employing a team that are used to innovation,
you’ll be ensuring that your business can keep up with modern changes.
Gen Z have an advantage over older
generations, simply due to how they have been raised in the digital age. By
being familiar with technology, expert multitaskers and full of fresh ideas
they are in a great position to become an asset to your business. Plus, as they
are quick at absorbing new information, they are ideal candidates for training courses to help them