As Generation Z prepares to enter the workforce, they present interesting challenges in working with older employers. How these young people, born in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, will work with older generations is a phenomenon worth studying. Brian Hanssen, Clinical Assistant Professor of Business at NYU Shanghai, connects the theoretical with the practical and presents findings to better prepare both Generation Z and their employers for future challenges in the workplace.
In February 2017, Hanssen launched Social Impact Scholars, a non-profit organization that serves as a corporate lab, giving both Generation Z and the generations who employ them the opportunity to give and receive feedback in real time. He’s realized that the experiment is actually facilitating a relationship between two generations that have the exact same expectations but very different approaches.
“At the end of the day, if I can have even a small dent on organizational communication and on organizational behavior for students, for businesses, and for researchers, it will all have been worthwhile,” he said.
Brian Hanssen is a member of the Center for Business Education and Research (CBER) at NYU Shanghai, which aims to promote innovative research on China-related business and to inspire academic collaboration among industry leaders, business faculty and students.