Effective communication is vital to success in today’s rapidly evolving business landscape. I’ve always been fascinated by the dynamic nature of leadership strategies.
Recently, I collaborated with a remarkable senior Gen Z college student, Reyna Galvez, from Oral Roberts University, on exploring the importance of business executives learning some of the Gen Z lingo to foster better workplace communication and understanding.
Reyna and I will share our findings and insights into why embracing Gen Z terminology can be a game-changer in the corporate world in this blog post.
Before we dive into research, allow me to introduce Reyna, a senior digital marketing major at ORU who has been instrumental in shaping this exploration.
Reyna belongs to Gen Z; her unique perspective and experiences have been invaluable in this conversation.
Before we delve into our research, it’s crucial to understand the significance of the Gen Z in the workplace. Gen Z, born between 1997 and 2012, is the cohort currently entering the workforce, bringing fresh perspectives, values, and digital fluency. They represent the future of our workforce.
Statistics tell us that Gen Z comprises approximately 20.8% of the U.S. population, outnumbering even the formidable Baby Boomers at 20.5%. Gen Z will make up 30% of the workforce by 2030. Their sheer numbers alone make them an influential demographic force. Moreover, this generation is characterized by a strong desire for social responsibility, diversity, and inclusion, which profoundly impacts corporate culture.
To better understand the context in which Gen Z lingo plays a pivotal role, let’s take a closer look at what this generation values:
1. Diversity and Inclusion: Gen Z values diversity in the workplace, both in terms of demographics and perspectives. They appreciate companies that actively promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
2. Digital Fluency: Having grown up with technology at their fingertips, Gen Z values digitally savvy companies that leverage technology for productivity and innovation.
3. Authenticity: Gen Z places a high premium on authenticity. They appreciate businesses that are genuine in their communication and actions.
Now, let’s explore why learning and integrating Gen Z lingo into the workplace is crucial:
Reyna Galvez: “From my perspective as a Gen Z college student, understanding our lingo is about more than just words; it’s about understanding our culture and values. When executives make an effort to learn our language, it shows that they care about connecting with us on a personal level.”
Decoding Gen Z Lingo
Gen Z’s communication is concise yet expressive, often peppered with abbreviations and emojis. Phrases like “lit” and “on fleek” mirror their vibrancy. They value authenticity, diversity, and ethical practices, along with tech-savviness.
Our collaboration has uncovered a truth: embracing Gen Z vocabulary is a powerful strategy. By doing so, leaders pave the way for cross-generational collaboration. As Gen Z and Alpha come forth, understanding their language is not just about words; it’s a conduit to shared understanding and progress.
It’s important for older generation executives to understand Gen Z lingo to effectively communicate and connect with the younger generation during the hiring process and beyond. Here are some examples of Gen Z lingo that could be useful for executives to learn:
Reyna Galvez: “As a Gen Z student, it’s been inspiring to work on this project with Dr. Megan Weinkauf. It’s a reminder that when different generations collaborate, we can find innovative solutions to the challenges we face.”
As business executives, it’s essential to adapt to the changing landscape of our workforce. Gen Z brings unique perspectives, values, and skills to the table, making them an invaluable asset to any organization.
By embracing their lingo and fostering better communication, we can create a more inclusive, innovative, and productive workplace that meets the needs of all generations. In doing so, we can position our companies for continued success in the dynamic business world.
So, let’s start learning some Gen Z lingo and take the first step towards a more collaborative and forward-thinking workplace.
After all, as the saying goes, “The only constant in life is change,” and the future of our workforce is changing right before our eyes.”
As a senior pursuing my degree in Digital Marketing at Oral Roberts University, I may still need years of professional experience. Still, I make up for what I lack in tenure with creativity and a fresh perspective.
My journey in digital marketing started with a fascination for the ever-evolving digital landscape. Being part of the Gen Z generation, I bring a unique viewpoint that aligns with today’s digital culture. Our generation’s understanding of technology, social media, and consumer behavior is a powerful asset in this field.
You’ll often find me crafting content or graphic design in my spare time. The best ideas come from daring to create.
I’m excited to share my journey and insights as a fellow digital marketing enthusiast. Let’s connect and embark on this exciting journey of exploration and learning together!