Gen Z employees prioritize work-life balance and teamwork relationships, studies show

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) — With tens of thousands of students graduating from college over the past few weekends, most of them will soon enter the workforce. However, do they take the typical office job? Many studies suggest that “Gen Z” prioritizes other things.

“When I came here, I think I definitely had a shared ambition to want to work for one of these big biomedical engineering companies,” Shivaen Ahuja explained.

Ahuja is a recent graduate of the University of Washington. He originally planned to major in biomedical engineering, then quickly focused on entrepreneurship to improve his chances in the job market.

“I want to design state-of-the-art medical devices. That’s why I have this combination of majors,” Ahuja said.

For Ahuja and many other young graduates, local start-ups and small businesses are becoming more and more attractive.

“You have more opportunities to grow, which for me is huge when I’m at this stage of my career that hasn’t started. Also, from what I understand, start-ups have tend to place much more emphasis on work-life balance and that’s important to me,” Ahuja said.

Ahuja is not alone. Last year, Forbes reported that 90% of Gen Z workers want and value human connection when it comes to their work environment. Other studies show that longevity and investment in employees is a top priority for 91% of graduates. A St. Louis-based company focuses its priorities on all of these aspects and more.

“Every candidate talks about work-life balance, and that also reflects PTO, and how we give back to our employees,” Danielle Kelly said.

Kelly is the Human Resources Specialist at SpearTip Cyber ​​Security in Manchester. She said employed candidates wanted certain things that other generations didn’t have.

“The next generation is definitely asking for these hybrid work options and flexibility,” Kelly explained. “They want to know they have the potential to grow within the company or grow within themselves. Whether it’s moving up the ranks or simply gaining more experience to put them in a better position later.

As with previous generations, salary, cost of living and inflation are also important factors. Ahuja said he wants employers to give Gen Z a chance.

“They simply represent an opportunity for new ideas, unique perspectives, and rapid growth,” Ahuja said.

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