This post is submitted by Joyce Maroney, Executive Director of the Workforce Institute. Last week, we had a lively tweetchat with our WFI board on Gen Z workplace research. We also heard from a number of tweeters outside of our WFI circle If you didn’t catch it live, you can read the whole stream at the bottom of this post. After the chat, I heard from one of our interns, Stephen O’Meara, who was unable to join us live. I really liked his response to our query about how Gen Z will help shape the future of work. This generation came of age as their parents were struggling through the Great Recession and its aftermath. Our research shows they have a lot of anxiety, but also a lot of optimism about their futures. Stephen’s quote captures this dichotomy nicely:
Gen Z is the bridge. The bridge between hard work and how technology will be implemented into organizations going forward. Asking questions like, is this technology morally acceptable to be brought into our company or will it hurt us in the long run. Understanding the healthy balance between working and living and how technology will help shape our work flow for the better or worse. We could develop a system in VR, for example, that would allow all employees to work from there living room. Is this healthy for each employee or will we ruin the importance of face-to-face communication for generations to come? Gen Z’s importance lies in the delineation between how we can get things done and make money without technology ruining our morality and work life health and balance.