You might be tired of hearing Millennial this, Millennial that. Good, because we’re going to talk about Generation Z, the follow-up to the hit Generation Y (Millennials).
According to a survey this summer conducted by Robert Half and Enactus, in five years Generation Z will make up more than 20 percent of the workforce.
“Gen Z employees bring unique values, expectations, and perspectives to their jobs,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director of Robert Half. “They’ve grown up in economically turbulent times, and many of their characteristics and motivations reflect that.”
Examples from the survey of those characteristics include 77 percent anticipating that they’ll have to work harder than previous generations to have a satisfying and fulfilling career, US$46,799 is the mean salary expectation for their first job after college, and 30 percent say they would take a 10 percent to 20 percent pay cut to work for a cause they deeply care about.
“This group of professionals has grown up with technology available to them around the clock and is accustomed to constant learning,” said Bev Graham, PhD, vice president of Enactus USA programs. “Companies with a solid understanding of this generation’s values and preferences will be well prepared to create work environments that attract a new generation of employees and maximize their potential.”
Check out the infographic below (click to enlarge it) to learn more about this generation just now coming of age in the workforce.
(Image: Robert Half)