In today’s workforce, Nonprofits face many challenges such as controlling labor costs, increasing efficiencies and managing compliance risk while at the same time are also balancing reduced funding with increased demand for services. However, we have good news! These challenges faced by your organization may be offset by making investments in your workforce today to benefit the next generations to come.  

Remember when organizations used to be concerned about the Millennial presence in the workforce? While they have their own set of unique work habits, it appears they’ve come to establish themselves as reliable employees and like the generations before them, they have learned how to adapt. The discussion has now shifted to discussing how Gen Z will make an impact and what that will be. 

It may still be early, but there are already some similarities and differences that we’re noticing between Millennials and Gen Z.


Here are three tips to help your nonprofit prepare:

  1.  Technology – There is no question that the young minds of today, both Millennials and Gen Z are classified as “Digital Natives” – meaning that they feel at home on the internet, which makes sense seeing as how Gen Z doesn’t remember a time where the internet or mobile technology didn’t exist. Keeping this in mind, make sure your organization has tools in place that make these generations feel most comfortable, such as; checking their schedule, swapping shifts, and checking or requesting time off, all from the convenience of their mobile device.  
  2.  Giving back – One major difference we’ve already discovered between Millennials and Gen Z is that Gen Z are givers. They are care about being good global citizens and want to work for (and support) organizations that demonstrate their commitment to helping others in society. As a nonprofit organization, this means that Gen Z is really interested in the work you’re doing to support the well being of society. 
  3.  Remote work – As the workforce (and technology) continue to evolve at a fast pace, it allows employees the opportunity to truly work from anywhere, whether it be on a mobile device or a laptop. Younger generations thrive in situations where they can choose where to work – whether that be at home, a coffee shop or a common space in the office. Making sure this is an option at your organization will have an impact on future hiring since the typical 9-5 lifestyle doesn’t support the lives that Millennials and Gen Z want to live.

Not So Different

As you can see from above, while there may be some notable differences between Millennials and Gen Z, there are also many similarities between the two groups. The bottom line is in the coming years, Millennials and Gen Z will make up the majority of the workforce, and they’ll be reshaping the workplace we know today. While this thought might be intimidating to some, I believe the shift in mindset will offer a fresh perspective that we all might be needing. The question is – are you prepared?

If you’re interested in learning more about how your nonprofit organization can prepare for both Millennials and Gen Z, check out this whitepaper, Reinforcing Mission and Purpose Through Employee Engagement. And this previous blogpost, written by a Kronos intern and Gen Z insider to get some insight into the best way to onboard both Gen Z, Millennials and future generations as well.

Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2019