Hybrid work: Gen Z expectations and internal employer branding implications

Leyla Yacine*, Heikki Karjaluoto

*Corresponding author for this work

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Gen Z – also known as ‘Generation Z’ or ‘iGeneration’ born between 1997 and 2009 – has been hit the hardest by the pandemic and remote work. Whilst the global workforce will include nearly 27% of Gen Z by 2025, it appears essential to address their needs and preferences. This chapter provides new Gen Z white-collar workers’ insights hitherto scarce in research – comparably to those of Gen Z students – to help understand how to motivate, engage, and develop them. In particular, Gen Z's values and expectations for hybrid work emerge from 15 qualitative online interviews leveraged to advance recommendations to enhance internal employer branding – that is branding intended for the organisation’s workforce – by co-creating the future of hybrid work. While most Gen Z people seem prone to switching jobs and organisations if dissatisfied with their professional situation, this study can help organisations re-envision, adapt, and refine their employee value proposition to ensure Gen Z workers’ wellbeing, engagement, satisfaction, retention, and further attraction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRe-envisioning Organizations through Transformational Change : A Practitioners Guide to Work, Workforce, and Workplace
EditorsPoornima Madan, Shruti Tripathi, Fehmina Khalique, Geetika Puri
Number of pages30
Place of PublicationNew York
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)978-1-032-21308-8, 978-1-032-21306-4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-26775-1
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter


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