The report found that Generation Z has high expectations of their future employers: 73 per cent of Generation Z believes their employer will cater to their needs, whereas only 48 per cent of the other generations thought they would.
After salary, the main attractions to working at a company for Generation Z were a good work-life balance and working with great people. For comparison, Baby Boomers were more attracted to job security.
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Flexibility is also important to Generation Z. The survey found 30 percent would be frustrated if their job lacked flexibility in hours. A lack of flexibility bothered just 20 percent of Millennials, 17 percent of Generation X and only 13 percent of Boomers
"Generation Z has high expectations from their employers – and so they should," said David Mills, CEO of Ricoh Europe, in a press release. "Why shouldn't flexible and remote working truly become the norm? As history dictates, these preferences only grow as the world of work continues to evolve at a rapid rate.
Other challenges that business will face include being more open: 43 percent of Generation Z said they would be irritated by a lack of communication, whereas only 19 percent of the older generations said they would find it irritating.
Businesses may have to manage and prevent conflict amongst employees: 35 percent of older generations felt workplace tensions would increase when the next generation enters the workforce.
"Given their desire for constant innovation, instant communication and open collaboration, Gen Z will be a big challenge for businesses," added Mills. "They certainly know what they want from an employer. But these are rightful expectations, rather than outlandish demands."