7 Things Gen Z Seeks in the Evolving Workplace

Grant H Brenner MD DFAPA
6 min readMar 11, 2023

Relationship in the workplace becomes the foundation for new models for employment and collaborative work partnerships

Generation Z, as it were “digital natives”, are people born between 1997 and 2012 [the author was born in the1970s and started using computers from a young age, but whatever]. This generation grew up with technology (literally) at their fingertips. They tend to see life, society, and work differently from previous generations.

As they have entered the workforce, we are seeing transformation start to take hold, amping up uncertainty about the very future of work and society. What they want from the work place is the most basic question — how the workplace will evolve around them and in response is another story altogether.

“And even when the apparatus exists, novelty ordinarily emerges only for the man who, knowing with precision what he should expect, is able to recognize that something has gone wrong.”
― Thomas S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

The future is ambiguous, but we are starting to get a sense of things younger people seek from their income-generating hours.

1. Work-Life Balance



Grant H Brenner MD DFAPA

Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Entrepreneur, Writer, Speaker, Disaster Responder, Advocate, Photographer