Filipinos are dig­i­tal na­tive lead­ers re­gion­ally, glob­ally

Manila Times - - Sunday Business & I.t. -

IN re­vealed that Gen­er­a­tion Z (Gen Z) en­ter­ing the

Ac­cord­ing to the re­search, post­mil­len­ni­als, those born af­ter 1996, have a deep, uni­ver­sal un­der­stand­ing of tech­nol­ogy and its po­ten­tial to trans­form how we work and live, and Filipino Gen- Z have the most and col­lege stu­dents in 17 coun­tries were in­ter­viewed. A total of 4,331 stu­dents across six South­east Asia coun­tries — i.e. the Philip­pines, In­done­sia, Viet­nam, Thai­land, Sin­ga­pore, and Malaysia — also par­tic­i­pated in this study.

Tech­nol­ogy-first men­tal­ity, yet so­cially-aware

will cre­ate a more eq­ui­table work en­vi­ron­ment by pre­vent­ing bias and dis­crim­i­na­tion; 60 per­cent want jobs that al­low them to use tech­nol­ogy to help oth­ers or the en­vi­ron­ment; 67 per­cent be­lieve their work must give them re­freshed skillsets and new ex­pe­ri­ences on the job; 53 per­cent want to work for an or­ga­ni­za­tion that is so­cially/en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble

Gen Z still val­ues the hu­man el­e­ment

Rather than be­ing re­placed by ma­chines, an over­whelm­ing 94 per­cent of Filipino re­spon­dents rec­og­nize that we are en­ter­ing the age of hu­man­ma­chine part­ner­ships; 35 per­cent Filipino youths be­lieve that hu­mans and ma­chines will work as in­te­grated teams, while 59 per­cent see ma­chines as tools for hu­mans to use as needed.

Al­though they have in­ter­acted with elec­tronic de­vices prac­ti­cally since birth and grown up with so­cial me­dia, Filipino Gen Z-ers still yearn for hu­man in­ter­ac­tion in the work­place. In­ter­per­sonal com­mu­ni­ca­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion are very im­por­tant for Filipino Gen Z-ers, with 77 per­cent ex­pect­ing to learn on the job from co­work­ers or other peo­ple — not on­line; 53 per­cent said in- per­son com­mu­ni­ca­tion is the pre­ferred method for com­mu­ni­cat­ing with co­work­ers, com­pared to phone ( 18 per­cent) or mes­sag­ing apps and tex­ting ( 10 per­cent); 91 per­cent say that so­cial me­dia can be a valu­able tool in the work­place; 60 per­cent­pre­fer to go to a work­place ver­sus work­ing from home, and 74 per­cent pre­fer to work as part of team rather than in­de­pen­dently.

Work­force readi­ness, po­ten­tial gen­er­a­tional rifts

De­spite Filipino Gen Z-ers be­ing the

in their tech­nol­ogy skills, they are also the most wor­ried about their em­ploy­a­bil­ity (96 per­cent). 60 per­cent of re­spon­dents say­ing they lack the work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence em­ploy­ers look

the tech skills that em­ploy­ers want, but not nec­es­sar­ily the non-tech skills.

At the same time and by con­trast, se­nior pro­fes­sion­als are con­cerned they are be­ing out­paced and that a ma­jor­ity of lead­er­ship roles in the fu­ture will

busi­nesses must help work­ers find com­mon ground while they push to

Among the Filipino youth re­spon­dents, 86 per­cent would be will­ing to men­tor an older co- worker who was not as com­fort­able with tech­nol­ogy. Up to five gen­er­a­tions are now in the work­place and busi­nesses must help work­ers find com­mon ground as they push to cre­ate a dig­i­tal- first cul­ture.

With Gen Z will­ing to be tech am­bas­sadors, or­ga­ni­za­tions can cre­ate cross- func­tional teams with com­ple­men­tary skill sets to en­cour­age knowl­edge- exchange and ini­ti­ate a fresh ap­proach to prob­lem-solv­ing. In­tern­ships, ro­ta­tion pro­grams and other early-ca­reer devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties can help young pro­fes­sion­als gain ex­pe­ri­ence and de­velop soft skills on the job. And, re­v­erse men­tor­ship pro­grams can en­hance tech­ni­cal com­pe­ten­cies through­out an or­ga­ni­za­tion, with Gen Z lead­ing the way.

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