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Gen Z and Millennials alter the course of employee-employer dynamic

May 4, 2022, 5:27 PM
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SALT LAKE CITY — Gen Z and Millennials are changing the course of the work-life dynamic. A global study, conducted by multinational human resource consulting firm Randstad, surveyed 35,000 workers across 34 markets. The Workmonitor global study shows exactly what Gen Z and millennials are looking for in the workforce. 

First, results from the survey found that Gen Z and millennials put their happiness first. Over half of them said they would quit their job if it prevented them from enjoying life. Comparatively, just over a third of Baby Boomers said the same, showing the difference in prioritization for the different generations. 

Similarly, nearly half of both Millennials and Gen Z said they wouldn’t accept a job that didn’t align with their values on social and environmental issues. Baby boomers only reported just over a third that felt similarly. 

“Young people want to bring their whole selves to work, which is reflected in their determination not to compromise their personal values when choosing an employer,” said Nick Pesch, Chief Executive Officer Australia & New Zealand at Randstad Australia. 

Overall, younger generations are prioritizing their values and happiness when making career choices. Forcing businesses to put values and ethics at the heart of what they do. 

According to the Workmonitor global study, the results of the study help explain why employers are struggling to fulfill talent demands. Workers are not afraid to move on from jobs that don’t align with their values. Furthermore, results yield that businesses need to rethink their approach to attracting and retaining staff. 

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