Business in the Front, Balance All Around: Working with Gen Z

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Long Commutes

Long roundtrip commutes will keep Gen Z talent away.

In a world that moves at the speed of light, Gen Zers are used to immediacy in their daily lives, and wasting time sitting traffic when they could be putting their skills to work is the last thing they will want to do. Commutes and proximity to an office could be huge deciding factors for Gen Z talent.

In PGi’s recent Global Telework Survey, 24 percent of North American knowledge workers reported daily roundtrip commutes of over an hour. To avoid the potential of losing out on great Gen Z talent because of onerous commutes, employers should consider flexible hours or remote work policies.

For the past few years, millennials (those born between 1980 and 1995) have dominated the workforce conversation. And while this group will likely continue to dominate the generational discussion about work for some time, a new generation is rising quickly that could completely turn the tables on the definition of what is expected in a workplace.

This fall, the graduating class of 2016 will enter college, and businesses around the world will have four years to prepare for Generation Z (those born from 1995 to the early 2000s). Unlike their older millennial counterparts, who grew up with a mobile technology boom, the birth of social media and the rise of the sharing economy, for Gen Z, technology — and the mobility that comes with it — is all they know and what they expect in the workplace.

Gen Z is a group of natural-born collaborators. Growing up with the world at the touch of a keyboard and mouse, physical distance is much less significant to a member of Gen Z. To interact with peers from around the globe and across different cultures, they need only log on to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. A Milward Brown Survey conducted in Europe, Asia and the United States found that 25 percent of Gen Z interact with peers in other countries on a daily basis.

In order to attract this generation of talent, employers will need to take into account that this group of the workforce may expect a different set of benefits. In a recent survey done by Adecco Group, flexible schedules and friendly work environments were two of the top five most important aspects of their first job. In this slideshow, Leo Tucker, senior vice president of global marketing at PGi, outlines why employers need to reevaluate their telecommuting policies as Gen Z enters the workforce.

Reevaluating the Workplace for Gen Z

Click through for a closer look at why employers will need to reevaluate the workplace, especially regarding telecommuting policies, as Gen Z enters the workforce, as identified by Leo Tucker, senior vice president of global marketing at PGi.


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