The way the world works, and the way companies work, is changing faster than ever. We all operate in a diverse landscape, with the current workforce already housing four generations of employees. This year, more and more Generation Zs (those born between 1996 and 2010) are turning 22 – and are joining the fray.
Here at eXPD8 we pride ourselves in our ability to adapt to modernity, and no generation exemplifies modernity more than Generation Z. The first truly online generation – they’ve never known a time without the internet, computers, and mobile devices. They’re also motivated by different things than their predecessors, and companies will need to learn this if they’re to find the talent they want among Generation Zs but also to tailor their business to engage and support them throughout their career.
So, here are 5 ways that eXPD8 are poised and prepared for the newest addition to the generational club.
- Generation Zs, more than their millennial predecessors, are motivated by security. Many of them grew up in recessions, including the financial crisis of 2007-2008. Today, this manifests in Generation Zs being more individualistic and career minded than other generations. eXPD8 understands this – and provides clear pay bandings, transparent processes, and genuine opportunities for progression. These opportunities include a “Future Leader” training regime, giving employees the skills needed for future management positions and a clear path way to development and success within our company.
- Technology is a huge part of what makes Generation Z unique. They not only use it but they believe in it – 73% of them think that technology will change the work environment into something fairer and more productive. The same is true for eXPD8 – with up-to-date technology being implemented in all levels of the business, from the tablet devices of our field team to the video communication and networking technology of our Central Office. This allows us to be flexible enough to utilise remote workers, adapt to developing challenges, and disseminate information quickly and effectively.
- Despite Generation Zs familiarity with technology, 53% of them prefer to communicate face-to-face, when compared to email or video conference. eXPD8 has long cultivated a culture of approachability and communication in its head office team – with regular meetings and huddles keeping every team member informed and utilised. One-to-one meetings are also an integral part of how we operate and are a monthly staple in everyone’s calendar, allowing individuals to receive feedback on how they work as well as influence our ways of working.
- Generation Z, like Millennials before them, expect to be catered to. More than twice the number of them said that an empowering workplace would encourage them to stay in a position compared to a high salary. Empowerment can take many forms, from effective health and safety systems to employee perks and bonuses. eXPD8 are happy to oblige – offering a team of mental and physical health first aiders, yoga workshops, a health and fruit club, regular social events – and even an in-office bar called cELEBR8.
- eXPD8 believes an open plan office helps with teamwork and communication – and we’re certainly proud of ours. 49% of UK workers operate in an open plan office (23% globally) and studies have shown that 65% of workers believe it promotes collaboration, as well as helps create operational transparency. Generation Z has been found to prefer a mixture of working environments. eXPD8 provides this mixture with remote work, private rooms, and flexible social spaces all available to our Head Office employees.
If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, be sure to check our vacancies page regularly for opportunities that suit you, no matter your goal.