The New Disruptors: How Millennials, Gen-Z Are ‘Swiping Left’, ‘Swiping Right’ The Traditional Corporate Culture

THEY ARE THEIR TRUE SELVES

This new generation of workforce values transparency, honesty, and recognition at work. There is absolutely no difference between who they are in their real lives and work, and this is evident from how they speak, dress, and put forth their opinion among peers and subordinates. Having witnessed life-altering events like 9/11, a global pandemic, climate change, and “endless” wars, both millennials and Gen-Zs are more socially and environmentally aware as compared to the generations before, and studies have attested to this fact.

THEY ARE CASUAL YET CAREER-ORIENTED

Millennials and Gen-Z are the first to have seen and used smartphones since childhood. Consequently, they are used to constant connectivity, let it be through texts, chats, in-app comments, or social media. Thus, there is also a quick switching between friends, work, family, and other modes. Having access to different sources of communication continuously has turned them expressive and helped convey sentiments, be it with a family member, co-worker, or client. This approach is quite contrasting to what the older workforce has witnessed or practiced.

THEY ARE ALL ABOUT DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION IN THE WORKPLACE

Increasingly, we are witnessing both small and large organizations making pledges of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their mission statements. This is a good sign to create a positive impression on potential candidates, but it’s limited to being a commitment on paper.

TO SUM IT UP

The present-day workforce is the consumer of the workplace, and employers must realize that they are willing to scrutinize and pursue opportunities with other companies. Most leaders consider workplace culture as something that emerges and evolves on its own. But the reality is, they can be as structured and intentional about culture as they can be about their business. So, for the employers, the challenge is not only to create a culture that resonates with workers of all generations but to also take timely actions whenever and wherever necessary to retain their existing employees.

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