Nigel Stott: Workplace Transformation and the Next Generation Employee
Exploring the place of technology in the next gen’ers mindset and the impact on business, Nigel Stott believes the management style of leaders is central to future success and must adapt quickly to support and fully utilise the skillset of Generation Z…
I once thought that technology was the only thing having a big impact on the workplace, states Nigel Stott. I have now come to realise that’s not strictly true. Generation Z (those born between 1996 and 2010) are beginning to filter into the workplace and changing the very fabric of the business across the world. As the first truly digital generation we would expect them to place a huge emphasis on putting technology at the heart of everything they do, right?
Well, no – that’s not strictly true.
Whilst our new co-workers don’t remember a world without the internet and smartphones, they’ve also witnessed turmoil for their parents during the financial crisis that started in 2008. This means they place a huge value on financial security and whilst entrepreneurial, are more likely to seek out job security as a priority. They’re switched on to social issues and are keen to make a real difference by taking action. Technology helps them distribute that message but they see it as a tool to help them instigate real change.