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Generation Z is Coming: Are You Ready to Manage the Next Generation?

Now that you’re used to managing millennials, it’s time to introduce Generation Z. Defined by the Pew Research Center as those born in 1997 and after, these young professionals are just starting to hit the workforce.

The oldest members of this generation are searching for jobs hiring in Reading, PA, and the surrounding areas, so you need to learn more about them. You might be surprised to learn they have less in common with Millennials than you think.

Five Tips to Manage Generation Z

Provide Growth Opportunities

Generation Z places a true value on knowledge. They care about money, but it doesn’t guide their job choices. In fact, they prefer meaningful work over high-paying jobs that aren’t fulfilling. Therefore, the best way to keep them engaged is to provide frequent opportunities to learn and grow.

Make Time for Face-to-Face Conversations

Unlike Millennials, who prefer to chat via email and instant message, Generation Z wants to talk in person. Keep them happy by scheduling regular face-to-face meetings. Give them ample opportunities to share their thoughts and opinions, because they want to feel heard. Spending time together will strengthen your bond and make them feel appreciated.

Emphasize the Impact of Their Work

Young and ambitious, Generation Z wants to do work that matters, just like their millennial peers. When assigning projects, get them excited by explaining how their efforts will contribute to overarching company goals. Even after their work has been completed, keep them updated on the results, as this will make them feel fulfilled.

Assign Individual Tasks

Millennials prefer working in groups, but Generation Z doesn’t share this fondness. These workers would rather complete tasks independently, so when possible, divide assignments among individuals.

Take Them Seriously

They’re new to the workforce, but Generation Z has a lot to offer and they expect you to listen. If you brush them off or otherwise make them feel undervalued, they’ll move on to another employer willing to take them seriously. While they don’t have a lot of work experience yet, this forward-thinking group offers a fresh perspective that can help your company gain a competitive edge.

Ready to Hire Generation Z Employees?

HTSS, Inc. is here to connect you with ambitious young professionals eager to join your team. Get in touch today to start your search!


CEO Letter

As a staffing and recruitment professional for over  30 years, I have seen many changes in the industry. Over that time, I’ve witnessed a transformation in the way organizations view staffing services. Today, we see more and more companies using staffing services as a strategic tool, rather than just for temporary fill-ins.

At HTSS, Inc., our focus is on helping companies create proactive workforce plans. Our goal is to help our clients use staffing strategically to increase capacity, overcome hiring freezes, access specialized talent, better manage increased workloads, and enhance overall productivity.

For our candidates, we help to uncover truly rewarding job opportunities—jobs that are a match to each candidate’s skills, and jobs that offer key experience and growth potential.

We look forward to strengthening our relationships with our current clients and candidates, as well as forming new and exciting partnerships in the future.


Pat Howells
HTSS, Inc.