Are You Ready For Generation Z?
“The first generation raised on social media is also the most racially diverse. Gen Z will soon be the largest cohort in the workforce, so companies would be wise to be ready for them.”
~Jack McCullough, Founder & President, CFO Leadership Council
Jack is a regular contributor to Forbes. An excerpt below.
Generation Z is Coming! Gen Zs, who began entering the workforce in 2019, present both challenges and opportunities for chief financial officers and their teams. Organizations that recognize this generation’s unique skill sets and that are willing to invest the time and energy to allow them to flourish will have access to a talent pool that represents the most technologically advanced in history. The first generation raised on social media is also the most racially diverse group in US history; two additional benefits for any company that chooses to embrace the future.
Before we delve into the ramifications of Gen Z entering today’s workforce, I’d like to share some data with you (you are all CFOs, after all). While there is some disagreement about the age range of Generation Z, Pew Research defines it as those who were born between 1997-2012, so this is the timespan used for this article. These young people have never known a world without the internet or wireless technology. Most have no recollection of a world before 9/11, so they don’t know a time when the United States has not been at war. Many recall the great recession of 2008, even though they were children at the time. These forces have had and continue to have a significant impact on this generation.
About Jack McCullough
Jack McCullough is a recognized thought leader in the field of financial leadership, with a career that has included CFO positions at 26 companies. He founded the CFO Leadership Council, a global organization dedicated to empowering senior financial executives through innovative professional development programs and peer networking. His other accomplishments include chairing the MIT Sloan CFO Summit, and creating the vision behind CFO Week, a one-of-a-kind learning and networking experience jointly executed by the CFO Leadership Council and MIT Sloan. He is a contributor to Forbes.com, where he writes for the CFO Network on challenges and opportunities facing financial leaders. He is an entertaining and insightful public speaker, and has spoken to thousands of CFOs, and is frequently contacted by members of the media who appreciate his candor, insight and wit.
Engage with Jack McCullough further at https://cfoleadershipcouncil.com/about-our-founder/
About The CFO Leadership Council
About The CFO Leadership Council
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