Survey: Managers foresee communication pitfalls with Gen Z

New research shows that leaders predict workplace upheaval, yet they don’t plan on altering methods to appease younger employees.

To get a sense of how leaders are preparing for integrating Gen Z workers—people born in the mid- to late 1990s and the early 2000s—APPrise Mobile recently surveyed 1,000 U.S.-based workplace managers. The survey reveals no small measure of anxiety about the imminent flood of “millennials on steroids,” many of whom have never known a day without the internet.

Managers see turbulent times ahead in terms of communication, culture, management and training. According to the report:

More than a third (36 percent) believe that managing employees from Gen Z will be more difficult than previous generations.

Also, 26 percent of respondents believe communicating effectively with Gen Z workers will be more difficult than with previous generations, and 29 percent of managers predict the younger workers will be more difficult to train. Sixteen percent of those surveyed expect Gen Z workers to “negatively impact their company culture.”

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