According to global research released by Dell Technologies, post-millennials – those born after 1996 and known as Gen Z – have a deep, universal understanding of technology and its potential to transform how we work and live. Generation Z is entering the workforce, bringing with it a tech-first mentality that will propel businesses further into the digital era while potentially deepening the divide among five generations in the workplace.
The survey of more than 12,000 secondary school and college students in 17 countries reveals the younger generation’s outlook on technology and future jobs. Specifically:
98% have used technology as part of their formal education
91% say the technology offered by an employer would be a factor in choosing among similar job offers
80% want to work with cutting-edge technology; of those 38% are interested in IT careers, 39% want to work in cybersecurity and 46% aspire to do technology research and development
80% believe technology and automation will create a more equitable work environment by preventing bias and discrimination
An overwhelming 89% recognize that we are entering the age of human-machine partnerships: 51% of those surveyed believe that humans and machines will work as integrated teams, while 38% see machines as tools for humans to use as needed.
In announcing the findings, Catherine Doyle, Regional Sales Director Enterprise – Ireland and SW UK, Dell EMC said: “Although it is almost a given that digital natives have embraced technology and data science skills, what is surprising is the level of digital maturity they are bringing to the workplace. Gen Z sees technology not only as a tool for enabling human progress, but also as a means for leveling the information empowerment playing field.
“With up to five generations now in the workplace, businesses must help workers find common ground as they push to create a digital-first culture. Cross-functional teams with complementary skillsets can encourage knowledge exchange and a fresh approach to problem-solving. Organisations will also need to create a workplace in which all generations have the technological supports to ensure their workforce thrives in an era of human-machine partnerships. Only be developing a collaborative workforce empowered by latest technology can businesses transform and succeed in our digital future.”
The research undertaken by Dimensional Research on behalf of Dell Technologies also reveals that will most Gen Zers are confident with their technical prowess, they also worry about having the soft skills and experience that employers are seeking. Seventy-three percent rate their technology literacy as good or excellent and 68% say they have above-average coding skills. Even more telling, 77% are willing to mentor an older coworker who may be less experienced with technology. Yet nearly all new grads (94%) have some concerns about future employment.
With up to five generations now in the workplace, businesses must help workers find common ground as they push to create a digital-first culture. Cross-functional teams with complementary skillsets can encourage knowledge exchange and a fresh approach to problem-solving. Internships, rotation programs and other early-career development opportunities can help young professionals gain experience and develop soft skills on the job. And reverse mentorship programs can enhance technical competencies throughout an organization, with Gen Z leading the way.
For more information on Gen Z: The future has arrived, please visit DellTechnologies.com/GenZ.