- Racial and ethnic minorities make up approximately 48% of the Post-Millennial Generation, a.k.a Generation Z (Gen Z), according to the PEW Research Center. These are people born between the mid-1990s to mid-2010s.
- In a recent study by Monster, “83% of Gen Z individuals stated an employer’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is significant when choosing where to work.”
- Gen Z makes up 25.9% of the United States population. That’s roughly 83 million Americans. They are also considered by many to be the “most diverse generation in the workplace.” The shift we’re seeing is more than just the case in the United States. We’re seeing a trend toward Gen Z’s preference of cross-cultural workplaces around the globe.
These are a few stats about Gen Z that emphasize how important intercultural communication will be as the generation continues to enter the workforce.
Gen Z values companies, employers, and teams who are capable of communicating with each other regardless of background, age, race, ethnicity, religious preference, etc. As they make their way into your teams specifically, consider taking an inventory of your team’s intercultural competence and communication. It could help prevent miscommunication and unnecessary conflict which could cut into your teams effectiveness.
*It’s essential to add that you shouldn’t assume this applies to everyone born in Gen Z. You must still consider an individual’s personality, values, and beliefs when identifying one’s communication style.