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So, while decoding the Millennial mindset is still an important part of the work I do as a multigenerational workplace speaker and consultant, much of my clients’ attention is turning to the next generation, Gen Z, whose members were born starting in 1997 and represent the youngest of the unprecedented five generations in the U.S. workforce today.
While Millennials in the workplace have dominated our thinking about generations for years, it’s time to acknowledge that they are no longer the “newbies” in the workplace — in fact, the oldest Millennials are now aged 38.
Now is officially the time to get serious about Gen Z, especially if you hire interns or entry-level employees, and the good news is that employers are likely to be impressed with this new group. For my just-released book, The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace, I researched many of the characteristics of Gen Z and interviewed Gen Z professionals. Here’s everything you need to know about the new kids on the block.
GEN Z IS DIVERSE
Nearly half (48 percent) of Gen Z Americans identify as racial or ethnic minorities today, compared to just 18 percent of Baby Boomers at the same age. Many Gen Zs prefer to identify as “blended” or multiethnic and question the need to “choose a box” on official documents or forms. Gen Zs are also the first generation to come of age with the legalization of gay marriage and are notable for their greater acceptance of transgender and nonbinary identities.