In today’s rapidly evolving job market, companies are increasingly turning their attention towards attracting and retaining Gen Z candidates. Born into a world of constant connectivity and technological innovation, Gen Z brings a unique set of skills, preferences, and expectations to the table. Understanding what makes this generation tick and embedding it in the employer brand and value proposition is critical for companies looking to thrive in tomorrow’s competitive landscape.

Tech-Savvy from Birth

Gen Z is the first generation to grow up entirely in the digital age. Since day one, technology has been an integral part of their lives, from smartphones to social media. As a result, Gen Z is inherently tech-savvy, effortlessly navigating digital tools and platforms for communication, learning, and productivity. For companies looking to appeal to Gen Z candidates, a solid digital presence and innovative use of technology in the workplace are non-negotiables.

The attitude towards new technologies is the field where the clash between generations occurs most often. Except for start-ups and cutting-edge digital companies, most organizations across industries need to create work environments where the older generations, typically in senior and leadership positions, can sustain and adequately address the Gen Zers’ optimism and attitude towards using technologies if they want to engage and retain those talents.

Shared Values and Meaningful Work

Gen Zers are more diverse in race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation than any other generation. They prioritize researching inclusive work environments and are sensitive and committed to global topics such as social justice and climate change.

As consumers and employees, Gen Zers choose brands that align with their values. They want to work for companies with a clear social commitment and mission that goes beyond profit. They select a job not only because it meets their financial needs but also because it makes them feel proud and fulfills their purpose.

Creating a corporate culture that reflects the company’s mission and values is essential to engaging Gen Z employees. They demand accountability and integrity and tend to abandon workplaces where the declared commitment to inclusion or sustainability, for example, is not encountered in the daily practices and expected behaviors.

Embracing Entrepreneurialism

Unlike previous generations, Gen Z has a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Fueled by a desire for independence, creativity, and impact, many Gen Zers are eschewing traditional career paths to forge their way. Instead of climbing the corporate ladder, they are pursuing passion projects and side hustles, leveraging their skills and interests to create meaningful work on their terms. Companies that offer autonomy, creativity, and impact opportunities are more likely to attract and retain Gen Z talent.

To this extent, innovation labs, internal contests to promote problem resolutions, and employee-led initiatives are excellent examples of allowing Gen Z workers to fulfill their aspirations and needs and simultaneously impact the company’s success. In addition, new generations seek out organizations that allow employees to have side jobs to pursue their passions, explore their entrepreneurship ideas, and manage them through clear “moonlighting policies” and open communication.

Flexible Work Arrangements

The need for independence of the newest generations of employees also arises in their approach to the work arrangement. Work-life balance is a top priority for Gen Z. They value flexibility and autonomy in their work schedules, preferring hybrid or remote work arrangements that allow them to effectively balance their professional and personal lives. For Gen Z, productivity goals take precedence overclocking in hours at the office. Companies that embrace flexible work policies and prioritize outcomes over input are better positioned to attract and retain top Gen Z talent.

Gen Z workers don’t love routines. They appreciate the autonomy of managing their schedule and the opportunity to work from anywhere and in any time zone. They don’t appreciate mandatory days in the office and similar prescriptions, as they consider the virtual work environment as effective as the in-person one. However, contrary to what the older generations sometimes believe, Gen Z values face-to-face conversations and the connection created by working in the same room with others as long as they understand the benefit and don’t perceive it as an attachment to old working patterns.

Investing in Continuous Learning

In a world where industries constantly evolve and new technologies emerge rapidly, continuous learning is essential for staying competitive. Gen Z recognizes the importance of upskilling and adapting to industry trends and technologies. Companies that invest in employee development and offer opportunities for growth and advancement are more likely to retain Gen Z talent in the long run. They are also more keen to reskill and have the chance to redesign their career path to follow their curiosity and interests. The idea of doing the same type of job or growing in a single direction through their career is not appealing to them; as mentioned before, Gen Z workers seek opportunities to prove themselves and are more open to questioning their choices if they are not in line with their values and needs, than the previous generations.

Whether through training programs, mentorship opportunities, or access to educational resources, companies prioritizing learning and development and offering multiple chances for career paths will stand out in the eyes of Gen Z candidates.


As Gen Z enters the workforce more significantly, companies must adapt their recruitment and retention strategies to meet this generation’s unique needs and preferences. To this extent, they must enhance the company’s reputation and image as an employer (i.e., employer brand) and communicate internally and externally the benefits, opportunities, and rewards that the company offers and what it expects to have in return from its employees (i.e., employer value proposition) in a way that includes the aspects mentioned above.

This approach is fundamental for a talent strategy that attracts and retains top Gen Z resources, ensuring the company’s success in tomorrow’s competitive job market.


By partnering with Consea and Cometa Coaching, your organization can receive comprehensive executive coaching, training programs, and advisory services that will equip you to successfully navigate the challenges of managing and engaging a Gen Z workforce.



Antonella Cerabona, CEO of Consea America

Mariateresa Romeo, Founder of Cometa Coaching