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Generation Z (After 2000)

Formed by young people who were born after 2000, this generation is characterized by the letter Z, which was originated from the term zapping.[1] This generation has a different perspective on how to face the world. The members of Generation Z do not appreciate conventional vertical hierarchies. They are young people who talk to the supervisor in the same way they would talk to a subordinate.

Despite not knowing much about the performance of Generation Z in the job market, we know the context they are growing in and it is expected for them to be more confident and assertive in what it comes to their goals, especially compared with Generation Y, plus they will have in their possession more information about their potential employers.

Similarly to Generation Y, the members of Generation Z want their work to make a difference and to have a meaning, but they are also more concerned about job security than the previous generation. This happens because they have experienced a financial crisis and, therefore, tend to appreciate more the idea of developing their skills and build their career in just one organization.

They do not know the world without Internet and do not differentiate the online and off-line life. They are dynamic, critical, demanding, and know what they want and do not appreciate inflexible schedules.

The entry of this new workforce in the job market will impact due to the peculiarity of their characteristics and will require organizations to adapt and apply new practices to attract and retain these professionals. This generation will not submit to working conditions that will not satisfy its needs, once the members of this generation know what they want. Unlike Generation X, which accepted the rules, the members of Generation Z are not afraid to question and make good points.

These digital natives are less driven by money than Generation Y and have more entrepreneurial ambitions. The proactivity toward digital media also leads many of them to wish to have their own startup. Unlike Millennials, digital natives do not have in mind the concept of work hard, play hard.

This latest generation was born with the Internet, smartphones, online games, and a whole range of gadgets—digital natives were born at the speed of knowledge and speed is their normal pace.

The members of Generation Z are more conscientious about money and spend cautiously—the previous generation grew up in a time of strong economy and the current Generation Z grew up in complex and volatile times. Those born in this millennium do not want to give up their free time and do not consider that work hard and stay in the office hours after the end of their shift is rewarding.

  • [1] The term used to describe the act of changing channels fast using the remote control withoutpaying much attention to a program in specific.
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