Managing Gen Z: A Shift in Workplace Priorities

The way we approach work is constantly evolving, and the arrival of Gen Z in the workforce presents a unique opportunity to re-evaluate our management styles. Eunice Maina-Mburu and Tego Wolasa offer valuable insights based on their experiences working with this generation.

A Mindset of Curiosity

Eunice emphasizes the importance of approaching Gen Z with curiosity. Instead of clinging to traditional methods, we should be open to the possibility that their perspectives hold value. This requires a shift from a hierarchical leadership style to a more collaborative approach, where we see ourselves as coaches rather than bosses.

Understanding Their Values

Gen Z comes from a place of abundance, unlike previous generations who may have faced scarcity and job insecurity. This shapes their priorities in the workplace. They seek purpose and meaning in their work, and if they can’t find it within an organization, they’re more likely to explore alternative avenues, like online ventures.

Focus on Purpose and Recognition

Both Eunice and Tego highlight the need to create a work environment that fosters a sense of purpose. Gen Z craves to feel useful and valued. Regular recognition of their contributions goes a long way in keeping them motivated.

Work-Life Balance is Paramount

For Gen Z, work-life balance is a non-negotiable. They prioritize personal well-being and will readily choose it over excessive work demands.

Effective Communication is Key

Open and clear communication is crucial for managing Gen Z. Setting expectations and desired outcomes through collaborative discussions is essential. They are also direct communicators, so take them at their word and create a space where they feel comfortable expressing themselves.

Remote Work and Flexibility

Gen Z thrives in flexible work environments. Consider offering remote work options or flexible schedules, but ensure clear deliverables are established.

Motivational Drivers

Unlike previous generations, Gen Z isn’t driven by fear of job loss. Instead, they are motivated by the desire for a good life in the present. Focusing on how your company can help them achieve that can be a powerful motivator.

Long-Term Planning

While long-term financial planning may not be a top priority for Gen Z, this doesn’t mean they are irresponsible. Understanding their drivers and adapting our leadership styles will allow us to create a more engaging and productive work environment for everyone.

Eunice Maina-Mburu is an Author, Entrepreneur & Sales coach while Tego Wolasa also an author and an entrepreneur  is the founder and Executive Chairman of BTI College.

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