Hiring The Next Generation

By Dr. Addison Killeen

November 2, 2021

Understanding Younger Generations

I was talking with a friend the other day, and we were discussing ‘Millenials’ and ‘Gen Z’. My friend is much older, and we were trying to discover why there’s always a disconnect. Ok, boomer, let’s dig in deeper on that subject.

We all think we just “don’t understand” these “kids”. (I feel that a lot actually even though I’m a Millennial.) My friend (Gen X) reminded me that it happens with every generation. He’s managed, coached, and mentored many in the younger Gen X and Millenial group and he remembers his early bosses saying the same about his generation.

As leaders, it’s important that we need to get into the weeds to understand how to keep these employees engaged and attract the best talent. So, I wanted to research how to best coach up the next generation.

Let’s start with the generational ‘Cutoffs’ below:




What Younger Generations Are Looking For In the Workplace

Next, I researched a bit more into what these generations look for in an employer. I found that Gallup and other sources have generally settled on a few keys that younger generations look for in ‘work’.

These differ quite a bit from older generations, but since we’re all hiring mostly Millenial and Gen Z, let’s look at those:


In Summary

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