In an era where the professional landscape is continually evolving, younger generations, specifically Millennials and Gen Z, are reshaping the priorities of the workplace. One of the prominent shifts is the heightened emphasis on wellbeing at work.
This article explores why wellbeing matters to younger professionals and provides insights into what companies can do to support and foster a healthier, more fulfilling work environment - not only for Gen Z and Millenials.
Understanding the Shift in Priorities
1. Holistic Wellbeing Matters
Young professionals are seeking more than just a pay check; they crave a holistic approach to wellbeing. Mental health, physical wellness, and a positive work culture are becoming as important as the job itself.
2. Work-Life Integration
Unlike previous generations, Millennials and Gen Z value work-life integration over traditional work-life balance – the younger generation, Gen Z, places and even higher emphasis on work-life balance. They seek roles that allow flexibility, enabling them to seamlessly weave personal and professional aspects of their lives. They have witnessed the burnout and time scarcity of the older generations and are demanding more flexible working hours and free time from their workplaces.
3. Purpose-Driven Work
Millennials and Gen Z are drawn to organisations that align with their values and contribute positively to society. They want their work to have purpose, and companies that emphasize social responsibility and sustainability are increasingly attractive.
What Companies Can Do to Support Wellbeing
1. Flexible Work Arrangements
Embrace flexible work schedules and remote work options. Provide the freedom for employees to balance work with personal commitments, promoting a healthier integration of professional and personal life: A survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development revealed that 37% of Generation Z workers in the UK would rather work for an organisation that offers flexible working options.
2. Mental Health Initiatives
This is another aspect that can be a deciding factor for the younger generations when selecting an employer: Prioritise mental health by offering counselling services, mental health first aiders, trainings and speaker sessions. Create a stigma-free environment that encourages open conversations about mental wellbeing. An HBR study found that 73% of Gen Z say that mental health support is a priority for them.
3. Promote a Positive Company Culture
Cultivate a workplace culture that values inclusivity, collaboration, and employee recognition. A positive company culture contributes significantly to the overall job satisfaction and wellbeing of employees. Amoria Bond emphasises its positive corporate culture through our PROFES values (positivity, respect, ownership, fun, excellence and success). These are lived throughout the company and determine how we act and how people feel. Our monthly votes for the "Most PROFES colleagues" praise and reward those who have acted particularly in line with our values.
4. Invest in Professional Development
Offer continuous learning opportunities and professional development programmes. Young professionals have a strong desire to constantly upskill and appreciate employers who invest in their development and provide them with the skills they need for long-term success. This can include internal learning management systems (LMS), learning and development coaches and regular training with these and external trainers.
5. Social Responsibility Initiatives
Engage in corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities that align with the values of Millennials and Gen Z. Participating in initiatives focused on community welfare can enhance the sense of purpose and satisfaction among employees. 72% of the Gen Z workforce prefer to work for organisations that prioritise ESG values.
6. Foster Communication and Feedback
Establish clear communication channels and encourage feedback. Young professionals appreciate transparency and constructive feedback, contributing to a sense of belonging and growth within the organisation.
Join the Wellbeing Revolution with Amoria Bond
As Millennials and Gen Z professionals continue to dominate the workforce, their emphasis on wellbeing is reshaping the corporate landscape. Companies that adapt to these changing priorities by fostering a culture of support, flexibility, and purpose will not only attract top talent but also create a thriving, resilient workforce ready to tackle the challenges of the future. In prioritising the wellbeing of their employees, companies can build stronger, more engaged teams and contribute to a healthier, more sustainable work environment for all.
Are you ready to prioritise wellbeing in your workplace? Join the wellbeing revolution and create a workplace where your employees feel good. Contact us to learn how we can help support your wellbeing and hiring strategy!