Making a Statement
Gen Z, the generation born between 1997 and 2012, has officially entered the workforce — and it’s making its presence known.
Plenty of ink has been spilled on Gen Z’s unique workplace priorities and goals. But they’re not just changing the conversation about the workplace — they’re reinventing conversations in the workplace.
Gen Z is changing both the subject matter of workplace conversations and how they’re conducted.
Gen Z employees are generally more likely to speak their mind, particularly when it comes to two hot-button topics: salary transparency and mental health. Regarding the former, Gen Z is more likely than previous generations to demand pay transparency, with many going so far as to request salary data from employers.
On top of that, if something takes place in the office that they don’t agree with, Gen Z workers are more likely to voice their displeasure.
Members of Gen Z are also accustomed to mixing home and workplace conversations. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, since most members of Gen Z entered the workforce during the pandemic, when the home and the workplace were one and the same.
For employers, managers, and coworkers, this casual style can result in watercooler conversations and formal in-office communications full of jargon and acronyms. Those considering reskilling to adapt to a changing workforce just might want to study up on Gen Z slang as well.
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