Generation Z employees measure themselves against the world through social media and coaching is crucial in helping them turn inwards and measure success against their own goals. Coaching should provide positive feedback about employee contributions while also bringing performance issues to their attention. The coaching process includes identifying opportunities, picturing the “should be”, establishing the right attitudes, providing resources, practicing skill development, reinforcing progress, and rewarding accomplishments.
Gen Z craves social interaction, mentoring, training, and meaningful roles in the workplace, as they want to have value and be a vital part of the organization. They need fluidity in their career, involvement in planning, and frameworks that connect their life with the organization. However, they lack analytical skills due to growing up with obstacles cleared from their path, which can lead to anxiety when encountering issues that require analytical thinking. The best way to help them learn is to take them to the problem area, explain it, and let them solve it with guidance.
New hires can feel overwhelmed in a new environment, and without good communication, they can create stories in their mind, such as feeling uncared for or neglected. As a leader, it’s essential to connect deeply with your staff and provide a positive first-day experience. Understanding your staff’s value and investing in their growth can improve your company’s success.
In conclusion, positive coaching with Gen Z employees is crucial in helping them turn inwards and measure success against their own goals. They need a fluid career, involvement in planning and frameworks that connect their life with the organization. Though analytical thinking can be a challenge for Gen Z, providing guidance and support can help them overcome it. As a leader, it is essential to communicate effectively, connect deeply with staff, and provide a positive first-day experience.