Although I'm slightly uncomfortable with lumping people in buckets such as Generation Z, it is indisputable that those entering the workforce from now on, will have grown up with technology in a way that generations before didn't.
In many ways this gives them an advantage, as companies transition to digital ways of working and new technologies such as AI and machine learning, complement human skills.
This Accenture report highlights how developing human skills will be the key to getting the most out of the combination of human and technological capital.
One of the key skills that the new workforce will need, will be understanding the perspective and fears of those who haven't grown up in the same way that they have. This could be middle and senior managers who may recognise the importance of new technologies but don't have the intuitive understanding and skills to fully apply it. It could also be co-workers who have spent years doing the job that they are now doing, fearful of being usurped by the tech-skilled generation.
This sort of perspective taking will be a key skill for Generation Z'ers looking to influence up and sideways within teams and organisations. A lack of understanding and emotional management will only lead to lower productivity and increased workplace conflict.
Our research suggests that Generation Z is well prepared to thrive in a world of human machine collaboration. The class of 2017, the first crop of Generation Z (people born between 1993 and 1999) are entering the workforce pragmatic and prepared. These recent college graduates are equipped with traditional values coupled with a digital twist, as 73 percent of new grads have taken digital, coding or computer science-related courses in college. Having grown up in an age where technology is pervasive, it’s no surprise two-thirds of new grads welcome AI and other advanced technologies to the workforce digital era, believing they will enhance their work experience