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Workforce Management
and are more likely than baby boomers to have internal
processes in place to support them.
2. They are invested in reskilling. An overwhelming 96
percent of millennial and Gen Z workers believe it is
crucial to provide training to fi ll the skills gap, yet they
are nearly three times more likely than baby boomers
to believe that individual workers need to take personal
responsibility for their development. Given what they
witnessed with their parents and other community
leaders, they realize that the person who cares the most
about their career is themselves.
3. They prioritize workforce planning. While you might
assume these younger generations are in a reactive
mode, they are nearly three times more likely than baby
boomers to name future workforce planning as a top
priority and nearly twice as likely to express confi dence in
their future workforce planning strategy.
If millennial and Gen Z
managers don't have
the required skills on
staff, they are 50%
more likely than baby
boomers to call on
freelancers to fi ll the
skills gap.
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4. They are embracing an agile workforce. Interestingly, as
much as millennials and Gen Z workers are placing focus
on reskilling and building their workforce strategy, they
aren't necessarily planning to bolster their full-time staff.
If millennial and Gen Z managers don't have the required
skills on staff, they are 50 percent more likely than baby
boomers to call on freelancers to fi ll the gaps on their
teams. Accordingly, they are twice as likely to have
increased their use of freelancers over the past three
years. And this shift shows no sign of abating: Millennial
and Gen Z respondents predict that by 2028, nontraditional
fl exible talent will make up nearly a quarter
more of their department spend than it does today.
As these generations dominate the workforce, they will
continue to embrace new ways of working-eschewing
the outdated concept of " that's how it's always been
done " and redefi ning the world of work to fi t their lives,
rather than the other way around.
With young people assuming a greater role in corporate
America, today's companies are in good hands. These
generations have the opportunity to improve the future
of the workforce-and their effect is already being felt in
this increasingly fl exible approach.
Zoe Harte is senior vice president of HR and talent innovation and head
of human resources at Upwork.

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