Understanding the Gen Z Workforce

The recruitment and retention of Gen Z employees present significant challenges for organizations. Gen Z is poised to make up a substantial portion of the global workforce, with estimates suggesting they will constitute 30% by 2030. However, engaging and maintaining Gen Z employees has proven difficult, with 1 in 2 hiring managers struggling to connect with early-career employees.

Several factors contribute to the challenges faced by companies in recruiting and retaining Gen Z workers. The COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath have led to significant job transitions, with Gen Z experiencing a 79% increase in layoffs compared to other generations. This disruption has created a “hiring gap” fueled by changing workplaces and negative perceptions on both sides, leading to increased risk of reneging on job offers.

Additionally, there are misaligned career expectations between Gen Z employees and employers. A significant percentage (65%) of Gen Z talent quits within the first year of employment, and it is projected that they will change jobs ten times or more between the ages of 18 and 34. The recruitment process itself is time-consuming, taking an average of 42 days, and replacing a renege costs approximately $22,000 per employee.

To address these challenges, organizations must adapt their hiring strategies to engage Gen Z effectively. Key factors in recruiting and retaining Gen Z include establishing clear expectations, fostering genuine transparency, offering workplace respect, nurturing meaningful connections, and focusing on intentional communication.

Clear expectations are crucial for Gen Z, who value knowing salary and benefit details, day-to-day job expectations, growth opportunities, and paid time off information. Transparency, especially regarding responsibilities, goals, and recognition, is essential for alleviating stress and uncertainty. Workplace respect, such as promoting work-life balance and recognizing the value of Gen Z’s work, along with clear and concise communication with their superiors, positively impacts their mental health.

What You Need To Recruit And Retain Gen Z
Source: Abode HR

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