TalentLMS, a learning management system backed by Epignosis, and HR software BambooHR are releasing results of a survey on Generation Z in the workplace. The survey reveals that mental health and work-life balance are major concerns for Gen Zers, the first generation of workers born in the digital era.
According to the survey, 53% of U.S. employees aged 19 to 25 plan to stay at the same company over the next year. Of those thinking of quitting, 42% cited burnout and a lack of work-life balance as one of the top reasons. Additionally, 45% of Gen Zers prefer a hybrid work model, and 81% find it important to have flexibility in when and where they work.
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The survey reveals that for the youngest members of the workforce, a caring and supportive workplace is not just a nice-to-have, but a must-have. In fact, 77% of Gen Zers find it important to work for a company that cares about DE&I, and 76% define a great place to work as one with caring, friendly, and socially conscious people. Empathy, honesty, and the ability to listen are the top traits they value in managers.
“It’s clear from the findings that in order to attract and retain this new generation of workers, organizations and HR departments need to adjust their focus to create a caring and well-balanced workplace,” said Christina Gialleli, Director of People Operations at Epignosis.
Moreover, Gen Z employees have seemingly normalized mental health conversations in the workplace. Half of survey respondents report wanting to receive mental health training from their employers, and eight out of 10 want mental health days at work.
“With priorities such as a flexible work mode, a socially conscious culture, and the designation of mental health days, an expansive corporate climate will be a key component to retaining Gen Zers,” said Cassie Whitlock, Director of HR at BambooHR.
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