Generation Z set to change the traditional office

In the past, a company would invite candidates for an interview to establish which of the interviewees would be a good fit for the firm. That is all set to change, however, as Generation Z is more likely to check the company out to see if the company is a good fit for them.

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According to The Huffington Post, Generation Z makes up more than 28 per cent of the global population and encapsulates those born between 1994 and 2010. They’re also known as the iGeneration, and they follow hot on the heels of the Millennials.

The mobile generation

Gen Z-ers are used to information coming at them at an amazing rate from apps like Snapchat and Instagram via their smartphone or tablet. They don’t want to sit at a desk from 9 to 5 as they’re more entrepreneurial, and they consider their welfare more important than anything else. They want chill-out zones, decent coffee and freedom to express themselves. They are great at multi-tasking but are less focused. The trend is also for this group to enter the workplace much younger, with more people eschewing university, to start work straight from school. How is the workplace going to evolve to attract the best Gen Z-ers out there?

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Fluidity in the workplace

Gen Z-ers want to work in a cool, communal space, interacting with work colleagues, exchanging ideas, and sending documents to the cloud. What if the work is paper-based, allowing much less flexibility in the working environment? Lawyers, for example, deal in paper all day every day and need a place to store confidential documents. They also need a fixed working environment. This is where employers may need to bring in the services of a company such as to provide bespoke commercial desks that satisfy the practical needs of the company while also appealing to the young Gen Z-ers and their expectations of a cool and aesthetically pleasing workplace.

Generation Z workers don’t want to work for a company that is slow to adapt to changing trends, so first impressions really do count, from the reception area through to desks and workstations and even the canteen. Get the design right and you’ll be attracting the top talent from this vibrant new generation.

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