Getting Ready for Gen Z

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May 29, 2020

Move over millennials – there’s a new group of young people on the horizon for the housing industry. Gen Z – the group born in the mid-to-late 1990s and up until 2010 – is beginning to emerge in the workforce and in the economy. This week’s KBTribeChat discussed their particular likes and dislikes, how to appeal to them as a consumer and an employee and how they might change the industry.

The Mindset and Priorities of Gen Z

  • Gen Z likes in-person and online/social interaction.
  • They do their homework and know what they want.
  • They don’t want to be sold, but they want to be educated.
  • They are very culturally diverse and extremely concerned with human equality.
  • They are willing to build digital careers over traditional businesses.
  • These young people enjoy figuring things out for themselves, the freedom to move easily from one task to another and trying new technology.
  • Gen Z will most likely enter the workforce early in life and are driven by security and planning.

How Tech Affects Them as Consumers

  • Gen Z is more anxiety prone because they consume so much information through their technology.
  • Tech is natural and fundamental for Gen Z, but detoxing from technology is also popular for them at times.
  • Gen Z is sending and receiving more data than any generation before them; this affects them both positively and negatively. There is an overflow of information, so it’s more important than ever to be aware of credible sources of information.
  • Technology dictates much of their research, shopping and decision making.
  • They prefer to text rather than call.

What They Want in Their Homes

  • Gen Z is concerned about the climate and environmental pollution.
  • Spaces are more fluid for them. The formal dining rooms of the past are now flex spaces like playrooms.
  • They like using new technologies to craft products with old materials and create new ones.
  • Studies show they’re more focused on owning a home by 30 than previous generations.
  • They research purchases among friends and send screenshots and links for input. They will do the same with home purchases and renovations.
  • COVID might lead Gen Zers to choose single-family homes over apartments and condos.

Preparing for Gen-Zers as Employees

  • Gen Z employees value clear goals, challenges and being involved in important matters.
  • Businesses should involve them in problem solving company challenges.
  • Ensure things are as digital as possible and understand that this generation probably won’t appreciate the value of traditional marketing solutions.
  • Gen Z demands individuality, innovation and creativity.
  • Use progressive communications and chat tools like Slack.
  • Engaging and interactive design software is a plus for young designers looking to present their proposals.
  • Include opportunities to bring measurable value to business in line with chances to progress career wise and financially.

How do you think Gen Z will affect the design industry? Let us know on our Facebook page or on Twitter @KBBconnect.