By Sherrie Haynie | October 6, 2020

Millennials, also known as “Gen Y,” prize flexibility and purpose over a paycheck and are forcing Gen X and Baby Boomer leaders to rethink the nature of work — an effort compounded by the fact that many workplaces are virtual for the foreseeable future. But do the lessons we’ve learned and changes we’ve made represent a permanent cultural shift or will the next generation, soon to enter the workforce in droves, be as perplexing to Gen Y as Gen Y is to older generations?

There are signs that Gen Z, born between the late 1990s and mid-2000s, is quite different. According to Jonah Stillman, co-author of Gen Z @ Work: How the Next Generation Is Transforming the Workplace, “We see a lot of leaders look at someone young and assume we are all the same. Even more so, it is natural to look at someone from my generation and assume we are Millennials. The mistake is to then treat us like Millennials.”

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