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Gen Z proving to be a bit of throwback generation

Gen Z proving to be a bit of throwback generation

Dave Waddell, Windsor Star Updated: May 30, 2018

Nick Brancaccio, Windsor Star, photographer

 

 

University of Windsor graduates leave their formal convocation and head to a reception at St. Denis Centre on May 30, 2018.

As Generation Z begins to show up in the workplace in increasing numbers, employers sense a bit of history is repeating itself.

The values of loyalty, long-term commitment to a company, job security, savings and even the traditional goals of owning a car and a house are all back in vogue for this generation, born between 1996 and 2012.

Most strikingly, Gen Zers have returned to the belief that they will be more successful than their parents.

They’re not as questioning and they’re less cynical than Generation X and Millenials

“What strikes me is an echo of the Baby Boom Generation in how sentimental they are,” said Doug Sartori, owner of tech consulting firm Parallel 42 Systems.

THE GENERATIONS

Baby Boomers: 1946-1964

Generation X: 1965-1976

Millenials: 1977-1995

Generation Z: 1996-2012

“It’s something they might have seen in their parents or grandparents.

“I’m wondering how much of it is aspirational. They want to go back to way a life they feel is better than what they see around them now.”

The similarities don’t end with sentimentality.

Sartori said his experiences with Gen Z have revealed an impressive work ethic and more acceptance of authority if it comes with clarity of purpose.

“They’re not as questioning and they’re less cynical than Generation X and Millenials,” said Sartori, who falls into the Gen X category.

Sartori’s anecdotal observations are backed up by the findings of a survey of Generation Z conducted by the Toronto-based training firm n-gen People Performance Inc.

 “The good news for employers is companies that can align their values with this generation and provide internal opportunities for growth, they’re going to get talented, loyal employees who are willing to stay with an employer for a long time,” said Giselle Kovary, president of n-gen People Performance Inc.

“Gen Z is a bit of a throwback generation to more traditional values.”