Six changes Millennials and Generation Z want

Millennials (born 1980-1996) and Gen Z (born after 1996) want something new from work. According to Gallup, here are six ‘wants’ that are different.

Past (workers used to want this)Future
My paycheck My purpose
My satisfactionMy development
My bossMy coach
My annual reviewMy ongoing conversations
My weaknessesMy strengths
My jobMy life

What does this mean?

  1. A paycheck is no longer enough. There needs to be meaning to the work. Who and how is this helping?
  2. Beer kegs and ping pong tables don’t get workers excited anymore. Their growth is what they care about.
  3. Less hierarchy, more help.
  4. Feedback once a year is useless. Short ongoing feedback, especially digitally, instead.
  5. Strengths develop infinitely. Focus on strengths.
  6. “Does this organization care about who I am, what I do well? Can I do what I do best every day? If not, I’m gone.”

Learn more: Generations Collaborate – Learn about the different generations that make up your workforce and team. Set the stage for true collaboration on your team by finding out what makes each generation unique, how they prefer to communicate, get work done, their triggers for excellent performance, and their triggers for conflict.


(data from It’s the Manager book by Jim Clifton and Jim Harter) 

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