A staggering 65% of Gen-Z employees plan to quit their jobs over the course of 2022. Employers don’t seem to understand what their Gen-Z employees want.
Unfortunately, the business loses thousands of dollars in recruitment and onboarding costs and hundreds of hours in productivity every time an employee quits.
5 Tips to Keep Your Gen-Z Employees Engaged and Motivated
Here are five tips to keep your Gen-Z employees fired up throughout 2022:
1. Create Financial & Career Opportunities
The cost of getting a college degree has increased by 102% over the past decade. Additionally, inflation is approaching a 40-year high. Overall, everyone is staring at worsening financial constraints over the course of 2022.
Unsurprisingly, many people are quitting their jobs in search of higher salaries. Gen-Z employees are also concerned about their long-term professional futures – the generation is synonymous with dynamic evolution, and the last thing a Gen-Z employee wants is to be stuck at a dead-end job.
As such, it is advisable to create more financial and career opportunities for your employees. They would also appreciate employee development opportunities such as extended employee learning courses.
2. Invest in Employees’ Mental & Physical Health
An employee’s mental and physical health affects their productivity at work. For example, an employee battling stress and depression cannot concentrate properly on their work. Similarly, an employee struggling with mobility issues (resulting from decades of sitting behind the desk) will take more time off work to get treatment and recover.
Investing in your employees’ physical and mental health will improve their productivity. According to a report by Quartz, it would also improve employee retention rate by as much as 33%. It is also worth noting that the ROI on employee wellness programs is considerably high.
3. Develop Human-Centered Workplace Cultures
Employees are not robots programmed to work for eight hours without question. They are human beings, and they need to feel a sense of belonging among their colleagues.
Workplace culture will develop with or without your input, even when operating with only one employee. You can influence how this culture develops and evolves over time by developing and implementing workplace culture policies and practices. It is advisable to make your workplace’s culture human-centric by encouraging communication and basing it on a sense of empathy, unity, and collaboration – in addition to maintaining competitiveness.
4. Upgrade Digital Technology & Connectivity
Generation Z has been dubbed “digital natives” because of its high understanding of (and reliance on) digital technology. Gen-Z uses digital technology for everything, including work. Unsurprisingly, many Gen-Z employees didn’t have a problem transitioning to remote working solutions, all of which are founded on digital technology.
As such, it is advisable to invest in better and more efficient digital technology for the workplace. It is also important to facilitate the employees’ use of this technology through employee training. You can also go a step further by providing employees with devices such as PCs and smartphones to facilitate remote working and collaboration.
5. Create a Flexible Workplace Setting
The traditional workplace setting doesn’t meet Gen-Z employees’ engagement needs. They don’t want to be stationed on one desk facing the same uninteresting view every day. More companies are realizing this and taking modest-to-drastic measures to transform their workplaces. Most notably, many companies are considering adopting permanent or hybrid work-from-home solutions for the long term.
The main goal of creating a flexible workplace setting is to keep employees comfortable and suit their varying needs. It is advisable to get your employees’ opinions before transforming the workplace – it is also prudent to adopt a flexible setting that you can change over time.
Free drinks and bean bags are appealing to Gen-Z employees, but they are looking for something more. BlueSky Experiences can help you identify your employees’ needs and develop strategies to create highly productive teams. Visit our platform or contact us today to learn more about our services and solutions.
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