Getting Ready for Gen Z

2017 marked the first full year with Generation Z in the workforce—a cohort typically defined as being born between 1995 and 2012. As these new employees set their sights on becoming future movers and shakers, organizations need to know what Gen Z brings to the workplace in order to foster the vibrant multi-generational mix that every enterprise depends upon.

Gen Z is a distinct generation and not to be grouped in with their Millennial counterparts. From their expectations around technology to their preference for work–life blend over balance, these employees are already reshaping the workplace in new and exciting ways.

By understanding a few core characteristics, organizations can learn how to engage Gen Z employees more authentically and harness their talents to the fullest. At the same time, there are challenges associated with integrating a new cohort into an already age-diverse workforce.

This article examines the key traits of Gen Z and describes how effectively integrating these newcomers can help create an inclusive environment that enables employees—irrespective of age—to be the best they can be. Social researcher Claire Madden and Gen Z guru David Stillman weigh in with their perspectives and latest research findings on this generation.

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About the 2018 Global Workplace Trends

Every year, Sodexo looks at the main factors affecting the world’s workers and employers now — and in the future. These trends resonate across the spectrum of employee experience and can serve as a useful tool for employers navigating a landscape that is ever evolving.

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The Internet of Things: Shaping the Future Workplace

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Creating the Emotionally Intelligent Workplace

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Re-imagining Resources in the Sharing Economy

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Faced with an often difficult “new normal” in the post-2008 economic sphere, both individuals and corporations are re-examining how their resources are used. Out of this has grown a “sharing” or “gig” economy; one that eschews traditional ownership to promote maximum efficiency of labor and materials.

Moving the Needle on Gender Balance

Moving the Needle on Gender Balance

For much of the recent past, business has taken a more direct approach to improving diversity in the workforce, particularly when it comes to addressing gender imbalances on teams. Now, with a growing awareness around the unique challenges faced by women in the workplace—and because of the significant value generated by improved diversity—it’s clear that the focus of diversity needs to include not only making the numbers add up but also instilling a true feeling of belonging and inclusion.

Human Capital Management 3.0: Transforming the Employee Experience

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While new technologies have delivered significant benefits, workplace complexity continues to rise and global employee engagement levels remain low. As organizations look for ways to simplify interactions and reduce overload, the employee experience has come into focus as a key area for improvement—and Human Capital Management (HCM) is increasingly being leveraged as a solution.

Employees: New Change Agents for Corporate Responsibility

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