Managing a Gen-Z workforce - what family firms need to know: a perspectives article

Mare Stevanovski, LK Zhan, M Mustafa

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper highlights the opportunities and challenges for family firms in managing Generation Z (Gen-Z) employees. This perspective article explores several considerations for family firms in managing their Gen-Z employees and the potential implications for their socioemotional wealth (SEW). Design/methodology/approach: The authors provide a brief review of what is known about the values/work habits of Gen-Z employees and attracting, retaining and managing nonfamily employees in family firms. Findings: The unique values, motivations and working styles of Gen-Z employees suggest the need for family business leaders to adopt a different approach to managing these employees. A focus on Gen-Z’s psychological contract, technological savviness and entrepreneurial orientation is provided with respect to how they can be managed. Originality/value: The authors suggest the importance of approaching NFEs as a heterogenous group and offer avenues for future research with prospective research questions to better understand nonfamily Generation Z employees’ place in the family firm.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Family Business Management
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Mar 2024

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