In the modern-day job market, the workforce lives in a state of constant change. As the new generation of professionals, Generation Zers Yet (born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s) are entering the job market with fresh perspectives and innovative mindsets. Despite the outcome of this new wave of young professionals, the unprecedented truth is that many of these Gen Zers lack the proactivity and initiative that is often necessary to reach the top of their respective fields.
This lack of proactivity is an issue that affects Gen Zers of all backgrounds, professions, and career ambitions. Whether they are looking to advance in their current role or are just starting out in their professional life, the lack of initiative among this generation of young professionals can be a barrier to career success. But why is this happening? There are a few potential explanations for this issue. First of all, Gen Zers grew up in a world of instant gratification where technology allowed for quick and easy solutions to life’s challenges. This environment may have built their mindset to expect the results without putting much effort into a short span. Additionally, many of these young professionals may have had limited leadership roles in their previous educational and work experiences, leaving them without the necessary skills to become more proactive and take initiative at work.
Fortunately, there are ways to help Gen Zers become more proactive and take initiative in their work. It is important to remember that every individual understanding capacities are not the same, and the same strategies may not work for everyone. However, here are some tips that you can use to help Gen Zers become more proactive and take initiative in their professional lives:
Encourage them to take ownership of their work. Ask Gen Zers to take ownership of their tasks and responsibilities, and provide them with autonomy (the right environment to lead by self with ample time) to make decisions. This will help them to develop the skills needed to become more proactive.
Give them opportunities to lead. Provide Gen Zers with opportunities to lead projects and teams, and empower them to make decisions and take initiative. This will help them to learn the necessary skills to become a leader in their field.
Offer support and guidance, do not underestimate. Provide Gen Zers with the guidance and support they need to become more proactive and take initiative. This could be in the form of mentorship, regular feedback, excusing mistakes or just being available to answer questions.
Create a positive working environment for Gen Zers. Build an atmosphere in which Gen Zers feel comfortable taking initiative and expressing their ideas.
Provide support and encouragement. Let Gen Zers know that you believe in them and their abilities.
Offer resources. Make sure Gen Zers have access to the training and development resources they need to succeed in their roles.
Encourage networking. Help Gen Zers build relationships with their peers and colleagues.
Celebrate successes. Praise Gen Zers for their successes and encourage them to keep striving for more.
Not just that, when you think or treat the Gen Z team members as dumbs/ inefficient (don’t know anything /facing to make the best use of time & resources) because they are new, would lead to a complete breakdown within the system. We should also remember, that we all start crawling, walking and then running. Every phase has to be moulded and treated in the right way, rather than putting extreme stress or increased dominance over their plans or execution would affect their approach to their leaders. These Gen Zers are often outspoken and they live in a Digital world. They like to express how they feel, they like to take a break from normal life, and often they take things lightly. That doesn’t make these young brats a threat to an organization, but they will give you a limelight of the facts on the ground of how an individual need to be treated and the pathway to deal with their mental health. Listening to them would improve a lot of working environment outcomes and improves the smooth functioning of the system. Not encouraging the negatives, but letting let new brains try their way out to solve problems would be an add-on. By encouraging and supporting Gen Zers to become more proactive and take initiative in their work, you can help them to reach their fullest potential in their professional lives. With the right attitude and the right support, Gen Zers can become the next generation of innovative, successful professionals. With that in mind share this to your peers or colleagues who would agree or who would spending time reading and sharing the right content for you at the right time.