What does Gen Y really think of its successor, Gen Z?
Gen Y has always been subjected to various forms of stereotyping by older age cohorts both in society and the workplace. But it turns out millennials’ perception of their centennial successors does not quite conform to the same negative parameters.
The Deloitte Millennial Survey 2017, weighing up the views of around 8,000 from 30 countries, revealed that Gen Y holds a much more positive opinion of Gen Z — or iGen, considering they have been connected since birth — and welcomes its members’ solid information technology skills and creative thinking abilities.
As millennials keep getting older, it is the next wave of employees that is gradually moving under the spotlight. And while it is still a bit early to predict the latter generation’s impact, researchers deemed it quite insightful to monitor Gen Y’s views of their soon-to-be colleagues.
Survey findings suggest that 61 percent of millennials believe that Gen Z “will have a positive impact as their presence in the workplace expands” and this percentage is markedly higher in emerging markets (70 percent) as compared to mature markets (52 percent).
This being said, Gen Y also predicts that younger generation employees will require significant support once they make their way into the workforce. “Millennials believe GenZ will especially need to develop softer skills, rather than technical or specific knowledge, to meet their expectations,” Deloitte’s report reads.
Does this echo underlying criticism? Not really. The report deemed it as more of a mere perception given that millennials are ready and willing to offer their support to Gen Y and have cited “many useful tips to pass on to their future colleagues” as part of the survey.
These workplace-centered rest upon five main pillars: open-mindedness, hard work, patience, dedication and flexibility. In other words, millennials are advising Gen Z to learn as much as possible, ditch laziness, take things step-by-step, commit to succeeding and always try new things.