Generational friction is real in the workplace. While fundamentally, people of all generations carry many of the same concerns, our behaviors are different and that results in some workplace challenges.
The generation starting to capture the attention of many right now is Generation Z or the Digital Natives as many like to call them. In this article my McKinsey & Company, they identify four core behaviors of this generation and the article contends that they are all anchored in this generation’s search for truth. Following is an excerpt from the article ‘True Gen’: Generation Z and its implications for companies:
Gen Zers value individual expression and avoid labels. They mobilize themselves for a variety of causes. They believe profoundly in the efficacy of dialogue to solve conflicts and improve the world. Finally, they make decisions and relate to institutions in a highly analytical and pragmatic way.‘True Gen’: Generation Z and its implications for companies by McKinsey and Company
The article also includes a helpful chart that illustrates some of the differences between Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y (millennials), and Gen Z.
Bottom line, the article contends that Gen Z behavior is rooted in the search for truth.