The Gen Z generation is the most talked-about and techy generation we have seen in our lifetime. They are self-drivers who are highly collaborative and value flexibility and non-hierarchical leadership. Their activism on climate and social issues brought notable changes in our culture and online world. Considering that the Philippines’ workforce in the next decade would mainly consist of the Gen Z generation, local companies need to take note of some of our ideas below that will encourage Gen Z workers to work better:
Gen Z's love open spaces that encourage them to be more communicative instead of being confined in closed spaces such as conventional desks or cubicles. They prefer an open layout where they can easily see, tap, and collaborate with their co-workers.
Since most Gen Z's have smartphones and other gadgets, they prefer to have sockets or outlets near or below their desks. Adding outlets ensures you do not need to re-arrange office furniture to look for that one outlet hidden somewhere or be forced to plug a phone charger in a different room. Having enough outlets is a big necessity nowadays.
Plants clean the air and increase productivity. Adding plants makes your office space more attractive and creates positive energy. It will be a good idea to consider low-maintenance plants such as pothos and lucky bamboo which can thrive in minimal light and water.
'Dogs/Cats at Work' Policy
This is not office decor but having pets at work is becoming increasingly popular among Gen Z's which can encourage senior executives to be more inclusive of pets. A few large tech companies such as Google and Amazon have adopted the "Dogs at Work" policies which can result in a more focused and calmer Gen Z employee.
Adopting a few of the innovative practices can boost the productivity of your current and future Gen Z workforce. These tips can be beneficial, especially when the Gen Z's worldwide have reported that poor office design and culture are the reason for turning down or quitting a job.
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