Family Comes First

This is the second post I’ll be sharing on “Gen Z @ Work” by the Stillmans. Read Part One if you haven’t read it yet.

I’m not sure why but I was surprised by the first point: “Family comes first” to Gen Z. I’m not sure why I’m so surprised but I am.

I supposed family would mean less to Gen Z because they’ve had to put family off to make money and get jobs against the best talent around the globe.

For some reason I thought this would make Gen Z less interested in traditional family roles however “Gen Z @ Work” states the opposite. I’m going to give this point more consideration. In the meantime, read on for this week’s takeaways.

Here are the main takeaways:

  • Family comes first
  • Do your own thing, find your own way
  • Be Direct
  • They want to work alone
  • Gen Z will be the last white majority

Family comes first

“Regardless of what the family looks like or what roles are being played. the biggest message that has been loud and clear to my generation is that family comes first.” – Stillman

Do your own thing, find your own way

“We were told that we don’t have to follow the traditional paths of education and careers. We were encouraged to expose ourselves to as many different opportunities as possible and to always draw our own conclusions – even if they weren’t popular. The message was loud and clear that you didn’t have to worry about what everyone else was doing and that is was okay, even cool, to find your own way.” – Stillman

Be Direct

“There is definitely something to be said for not throwing load of information at Gen Z to memorize. It is likely more efficient to instead let them jump in and try. If they need to know something , they can stop and learn. However, this focus on task-oriented learning does not account for Gen Z obtaining a deeper knowledge of how things work or seeing a bigger picture of how all the smaller tasks work together. The key will be to find a balance of giving Gen Z context to what they are doing while also allowing for a more custom approach to learning all the details.” – Stillman

They want to work alone

“Gen Z might ask for more private work spaces for when they do get to go away and just get it done. Part of it might be letting them go even farther than the four walls, to the local coffee shop or even their own apartment. And remember, it’s not that they don’t like others, it’s that they prefer to work by themselves.” – Stillman

Gen Z will be the last white majority

“Gen Z will be the last generation with a white Caucasian majority. The Hispanic teen population is the fastest growing in the US.” – Stillman

Summary:

  • Family comes first
  • Do your own thing, find your own way
  • Be Direct
  • They want to work alone
  • Gen Z will be the last white majority

I hope this second post on “Gen Z @ Work” resonates with you. If you have any questions about this feel free to contact me.

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Author: David Neely

Professional Software Developer. Technology and Web Coordinator at the University of Hawaii's Manoa Career Center.