A recent survey conducted by change and transformation consultancy, Grayce, sheds light on the priorities and expectations of Gen Z workers in the modern workplace.

The research, which surveyed 1,000 individuals aged 18-25, reveals that young professionals are driven by a desire for meaningful work and ethical practices, placing greater emphasis on purpose over pay when considering potential employers.

The findings underscore the significance of organisational values, with only 38% of respondents prioritising a higher salary over a company’s values. Additionally, half of the participants express a firm stance, stating they would not work for an organisation that does not align with their personal values. This emphasis on purpose-driven work reflects a broader shift towards ethical considerations in career decision-making among younger generations.

Clear Expectations and Wellbeing Concerns

The survey highlights the clarity of expectations among Gen Z workers, with a majority (57%) identifying their criteria for an ideal employer and 58% specifying the values they seek in a company. Moreover, factors such as a demonstrable commitment to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) and sustainability significantly influence their choice of employer, demonstrating a holistic approach to workplace considerations.

Meaningful work emerges as a key priority for young professionals, with 64% emphasising the importance of engaging in tasks they perceive as meaningful. Furthermore, over half of the respondents (57%) believe that employers have a responsibility to safeguard their wellbeing, indicating a demand for supportive workplace environments that prioritise employee welfare.

Commenting on the findings, Gemma Collins, Grayce’s Performance and Development Director, challenges stereotypes associated with Gen Z workers, highlighting their readiness, digital proficiency, and clarity of expectations. She emphasises the importance of organisations adapting to meet the needs of young talent, leveraging their drive and passion to drive positive change and transformation within the workplace. Collins advocates for alternative talent solutions to address the evolving demands of the workforce, enabling businesses to access skilled young professionals equipped to contribute effectively from the outset.