Remote work has become more prevalent since 2020, and we’ve seen businesses thrive in this online environment. At akhia, we’ve embraced our virtual work model, referred to as Work From Anywhere (WFA), and it’s allowed us to hire talent from coast to coast. Those close to the Hudson, Ohio, office do get together for in-person events a few times a year, but our main place of work is our home offices.
Work-life balance is always challenging, especially when working from home, but it can provide additional flexibility and balance for employees. These benefits will certainly look different for employees across demographics, titles, locations and generations.
For Gen Z, the online environment is very familiar and maybe even preferred.
We Know Our Value
Gen Z is the youngest generation in the workforce, and most of us, if not all, have experienced online schooling in college or high school. Coming from this environment, it was difficult for us to get back to the “norm” in terms of traditional class attendance and work environments.
Naturally, coming from this, Gen Z places a high value on work flexibility and mental health when looking for jobs. Monster’s 2023 State of the Graduate report states that 73% of Gen Z would be more likely to apply for a job if the position allowed them to work remotely. Beyond remote or hybrid positions, graduates also value flexible hours.
The Definition of “Work”
The impact of Gen Z will ripple through the workforce, technology, culture, retail consumption and more as we surpass millennials as the most populous generation. In the business world, our unique perspective on careers and what success looks like personally and professionally will redefine “work,” not only for our generation, but for all.
Even while applying for positions, Gen Zers are approaching their careers differently than previous generations. Many admit to using AI generators in the interview process:
- 42% Writing emails
- 39% Writing resumes
- 34% Drafting cover letters
- 33% Completing interview assignments
Catch Some Z’s
While trying to attract Gen Z talent, consider these eight things from Forbes:
- Promote workplace DE&I
- Offer flexible work arrangements
- Provide opportunities for continuous growth and development
- Emphasize corporate citizenship
- Highlight impact and purpose
- Offer competitive pay and benefits
- Use technology
- Provide feedback and encourage open communication
Gen Z might often be cited by career veterans as the “work smarter, not harder” generation, but we still value hard work and have determination for our careers and dreams. With that said, we value ourselves and our mental health over our jobs in a healthier, more effective way.