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Young Professionals Point of View: Gen Z Join the Team


Successful project execution requires the best teams, composed of the best individuals. But, to leverage the best individuals, you need to understand their perspectives and the value they bring to the team. This is becoming more challenging as project teams diversify to include members of various generations. Each generation has its own strengths, priorities, and interests, which affects team dynamics.

Generation X (born between 1965 and 1980) and Millennials (1981–1996) will continue to maintain their presence in the workplace for the next 15 years, while Baby Boomers (1946–1964) are beginning to retire and leave industry. Millennials will no longer dominate the young professional sphere, ceding that position to Generation Z (1997–2012). As Gen Z enter the workforce, it is critical to understand and appreciate their unique characteristics to attract and leverage the best talent.

Technology has had the greatest impact on the development of Gen Z. The first mobile phones with internet browsing were released before they were born, making them digital natives, capable of expertly navigating an abundance of information. This has helped Gen Z become great communicators. They have grown up in an environment that gives them the freedom to say nearly anything to almost anyone at any time. Not only...

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