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Characteristics: Few Differences Separate Gen Z and Millennials

Gen Z and Millennials

Digested from Inc.

As Gen Z enters the workforce, apartment firms will notice that they have many similarities to Millennials, including an affinity for customization, a need for meaning at work and a desire for training.

After 10 or 20 years of stories about Millennials entering the workforce, it is time to gear up for a new generation. Soon, Generation Z, those born after 1998, will be entering leasing and corporate offices in full force. The good news is that Ryan Jenkins, writing for Inc., says they will not differ much from Millennials.

Both generations want careers that they can customize with 62 percent of Generation Z preferring to tailor their own career path rather than following one an organization has laid out for them.

“Millennials grew up in a connected world where profile pages, t-shirts and cars could be customized to an individual’s specific liking,” Jenkins writes. “They pulled this expectation into the workplace and wanted their career paths, workplace training and work tools to have the same level of customization.”

Inside, the workplace, Jenkins says that coaching resonates with both Millennials and Gen Z.

“Generation Z will also pursue coaching relationships because they won’t be looking to leaders for answers [all the info is in the palm of their hand] but rather will want leaders to coach them through their learning, decisions and actions,” Jenkins writes.

Like Millennials, members of Generation Z also say a company’s impact on society affects their decision to work there. Jenkins says that 30 percent of Generation Z would take a pay cut to work for a company with a mission they care about.


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