Independent Online

Friday, July 1, 2022

Like us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterView weather by locationView market indicators

Five key hiring tips for SMEs looking to recruit Gen Zs

FOR Gen Zs, the in office, 9 to 5, office attire system is archaic. Work is something that should fit into their daily lives, alongside other priorities like travel, hobbies and socialising.

FOR Gen Zs, the in office, 9 to 5, office attire system is archaic. Work is something that should fit into their daily lives, alongside other priorities like travel, hobbies and socialising.

Published Jun 12, 2022

Share

GENERATION Z, the individuals born between 1994 and 2010, are entering the workforce and driving some revolutionary changes as they go.

Like every generation before them, Generation Z has different characteristics, priorities and opinions. Their arrival at businesses across the country runs parallel to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Having grown up in the digital age, Gen Zs are more in tune with the digital world than any generation before them.

Story continues below Advertisement

And what this means for employers (big and small) is that recruiting and retaining the best talent from this generation will require a new approach. These five hiring tips for Gen Zs are based on insights about these dynamic, future-forward individuals:

Flexibility is the ‘new normal’

Even before the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic and the exponential rise in remote working, Gen Zs were advocating for flexibility in the workplace. As digital natives, Gen Zs have grown accustomed to doing everything online, from shopping and banking to networking and having fun. For Gen Zs, the in-office, 9-to-5, office-attire system is archaic. Work is something that should fit into their daily lives, alongside other priorities like travel, hobbies and socialising. A degree of flexibility around workspace, working hours, remuneration packages and benefits is something that Gen Zs value and expect.

The value-driven approach

Where previous generations might have been willing to overlook questionable practices in the workplace or brands that weren’t guided by a strong moral compass, Gen Zs expect their employers to operate according to a set of values that resonate with their own. As one writer suggests, Gen Zs are “woke”, meaning they are socially conscious and acutely aware of injustices in society. For future employers, this means investing in a corporate social responsibility programme, supporting worthy causes and modelling workplace culture on values like integrity, transparency and inclusivity.

Invest in technology

Story continues below Advertisement

According to a study by Standard Bank, more than 40 percent of Gen Zs expect their employers to have an active social media presence and strategies. This has major implications for going about recruiting this generation of future employees. There is very little that can stem the tide of digitisation, so becoming a digitally savvy SME owner may be essential to whether you’re able to reach out to the right people, in the right place, at the right time. There are several tech tools that will make your recruitment process more appealing to Gen Zs. These include chatbots, instant messaging, online video content and voicebots.

Focus on culture

Gen Zs care about where they work as well as the conditions they work under, just as much as they care about who they work for. A study by Mazars revealed that culture plays a major role in how Gen Zs choose their place of work. The same value-driven approach that you apply to clients and customers should be the same value system that applies internally. Gen Zs expect the companies of the future to value people and to foster workplace cultures that include diverse groups of people and create safe spaces for self-expression and different ways of thinking.

Story continues below Advertisement

Think long-term

Most Generation Zs are tapped into a wider body of knowledge and information than their older counterparts. As such, they have a clear view of the big picture and define very early in their lives what success looks like for them. For this reason, Gen Zs are motivated by their future aspirations and value companies who can illustrate a clear growth trajectory. Another recent study revealed that the priority for more than 60 percent of Gen Zs in their job search, is the opportunity for career growth. Employers of the future will therefore need a long-term plan for their Gen Z recruits – a plan that can clearly define their career objectives and how to achieve them.

Ben Bierman is a managing director at Business Partners Limited.

Story continues below Advertisement
Ben Bierman is a managing director at Business Partners Limited.

BUSINESS REPORT

Share