There are many ways to support Gen Z in the workplace

Every generation in the workplace appreciates employee thank you gifts, and Generation Z is no exception. In fact, showing appreciation is even more crucial to engaging these young people. Several characteristics are emerging in the generation born after 1997: they have high expectations, they’re practical, and they’re in a position to influence the workplace for years.

What is Gen Z?

While some of the generational brackets are debated, the Pew Research Center states that Gen Z includes people born between 1997 – 2012.

Gen Z brings a lot of wonderful assets to the workplace, including:

  • Tech-savviness: These digital natives embrace technology, so capitalize on the opportunity to use tech to enhance communication, training, and workflows.
  • Work-life balance: Gen Z prioritizes wellbeing. Workplaces that offer flexible work arrangements, mental health resources, and benefits that support a healthy lifestyle fare well with this population.
  • Purpose & impact: They crave meaningful work. Highlight your company’s social responsibility efforts and how their role contributes to a larger goal. They have a heart for the environment and are driven to make positive change that will last.
  • Communication: Keep them informed! Use transparent communication and provide frequent feedback through channels they prefer, like mobile apps.
  • Diversity & inclusion: Gen Z values a welcoming environment. Foster a culture that celebrates differences and offers opportunities for everyone to thrive.

It’s also worth noting that Gen Z workers saw the effects of the Great Recession on their families at an impressionable age. According to social scientists who study generational patterns, experiencing the recession at a young age created a generation of young people with entrepreneurial spirit and a practical appreciation of pay, benefits and mentoring possibilities.

What does this mean for your company’s approach to employee appreciation and employee thank you gifts? You’ll need a strong appreciation program to usher them into the workplace and keep them engaged.

Reinforce Gen Z Excellence with Employee Thank You GiftsAll generations love free food!

Employee thank you gifts aren’t just a nice thing to do once a year, they’re an important part of communicating appreciation and reinforcing gratitude. For young employees who may not have had the opportunity to hone basic on-the-job skills, gifts are great way to reward good work and encourage more of it.

For Generation Z, the challenge is not lack of enthusiasm. Young workers today are generally motivated, educated, and ready for meaningful work. That’s where positive reinforcement is key. Be sure they will feel like a valued member of the team and are engaged to achieve their best.

But let’s not ignore the simple fact that food speaks to people of all ages, and especially young adults!

Small tokens of gratitude, like $10 gift certificates for ice cream, pizza, fruits and vegetables or groceries (accompanied by a note of thanks) are easy to hand out for great work. On-the-spot recognition will resonate with young workers who’ve grown up with the instant feedback of social media.

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