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The New York Times has a column by Alexandra Levit in which she talks about what distinguishes Generation Z (those born from the mid-nineties to the mid-2000's) from Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y.

"I’ve now had the opportunity to meet lots of Gen Zers, and here’s what I’ve noticed," she writes. "To start, they tend to be independent. While a 2015 Census Bureau report found that nearly a third of millennials are still living with their parents, Gen Zers are growing up in a healthier economy and appear eager to be cut loose. They don’t wait for their parents to teach them things or tell them how to make decisions.

"As demonstrated by the teenagers attending the recent Generation Z Conference at American University in Washington, Gen Z is already out in the world, curious and driven, investigating how to obtain relevant professional experience before college. Despite their obvious technology proficiency, Gen Zers seem to prefer in-person to online interaction and are being schooled in emotional intelligence from a young age. Thanks to social media, they are accustomed to engaging with friends all over the world, so they are well prepared for a global business environment.

"Gen Z is also diverse. My 15-year-old next-door neighbor is a quarter Hispanic, a quarter African-American, a quarter Taiwanese, and a quarter white. That’s Gen Z — they are often a mix of ethnicities."

Interesting story ... and you can read it here.
KC's View:
The question that every business leader needs to ask of his/her organization is whether it is geared to integrate the lifestyles and work styles of new generations, because if they don't, the best and the brightest are going to find places to work that do. Catering to new generations is nothing if not a differential advantage ... and every company needs to take this seriously, making it an ongoing and evolving priority.