When we say ‘youth’ we mean millennials and Gen Zs. Is that you?
Youth Day is a great opportunity to look into why having millennials and Gen Zs in the workplace is so key to businesses (finally?) getting it right.
According to Unicef, “new entrants of the Millennial workforce” are great assets to have because “most young employees are good at coping with change. In fact, many thrive on it.”
Not only do younger employees handle change better than previous generations, but they also prioritise the ideal of ethically based change.
(Who would’ve thought that passing on climate change, a terrible mentality around work/life balance and a generally broken system would’ve created such a desire?)
So, what type of change are we talking about? According to Deloitte, young employees are “reassessing their priorities and expecting more from business leaders”.
Some of their priorities include:
These motivated individuals also want opportunities “to address societal issues through their work.”
Millennials and Gen Zs don’t only deal better with change, they want it. They’ve seen how hating the thing you spend most of your life on – your job – is just plain crazy. They want jobs they can be passionate about and fulfilled by.
Which is amazing for companies.
(btw, if you’re confused – don’t worry, we were too – we’ll enlighten you: “Millennials are born in a world without social media and computers but witnessed its evolution. On the other hand, Gen Zs are born into a world with this technology. They’re even called tech natives.” Thanks, Camella.)
We agree with CHESS Connect (a not-for-profit human service organisation specialising in employment) which says that younger “employees will also give you an advantage if you want to target the millennial market as they understand how to reach and communicate with their peers.”
Our youngest team member is 23 and we often rely on her to keep us up to date. We’ll admit, sometimes we feel a bit like Steve Buscemi:
Millennials “have grown up around technology. Their natural affinity for tech and their ability to apply and understand different technologies [means] hiring young people has a positive and important impact in driving business forward in the adoption and use of new software and technology.”
Millennials and Gen Zs understand current culture and technology and having them in your organisation is a must. So how do you create an environment they want to be a part of?
Millennials and Gen Zs can even – they just know what they want.
Or as Deloitte puts it, “purposeful—and more flexible—work”.
Pretty mature and wise of them, we think.
So, in summary: young blood in your company means having people who are willing to change, people who value change and people who understand change in tech. Talk about a game-changer.
We’re a young team here at The Tryst. And we know we’re better for it. For all the above reasons.
As our very own Mark Sham says, it’s never been a more complicated time to be a human. As businesses grow and evolve, they need to try to answer this complexity. Valuing and incorporating youth may be the way to do this.
Our Tryst Team is full of young blood. And we focus on those standards we keep mentioning, particularly health and wellbeing. Mental health in the workplace has been neglected for far too long and our CEO Mark Sham and our director Nicola Fenn have gotten with the times and prioritised its importance at The Tryst.
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