GenZ and Millennials Want Status and Purpose


Generation Z workers are not yet 23 years old and most expect a promotion in their first year. Organizational expert Blaine Bartlett of Avatar Resources says this is a result of the "Participation Trophy" that they got when playing soccer or Little League. Employers who want to keep them usually give them a new title but no more pay or responsibility.It usually keeps them happy!

Now Millennials want something different. Bartlett comments, “Millennials are all about their work being meaningful. They often ask themselves, ‘Am I making a difference? Is my company making a difference?’”

Money by itself is rarely a good motivator. “An organization that is solely concerned with the bottom line is going to wind up with mostly dissatisfied, disillusioned employees who spend half their day working on their resumes and joining networking groups!” he adds.Bartlett has advice for supervisors who want to keep these young people around:

Losing staff and hiring new is expensive. Bartlett encourages supervisors to listen to their staff and see what will really make them happy enough.

Blaine Bartlett is an Organizational Consultant and CEO of Avatar Resources. He is the author of Compassionate Capitalism, Three Dimensional Coaching and Discover Your Inner Strength.

GenZ and Millennials at work

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