How Coaches Can Motivate Generation Z in the Workplace

As a coach, you may not know how to motivate Generation Z in the workplace. But there are new technology and methods of motivation that may help.
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Trent Draper
Trent Draper
+15 years in Sales within the education industry, Head International Sales at Get More Brain.

As a coach, you may be feel­ing at a loss when it comes to moti­vat­ing Gen­er­a­tion Z in the work­place. You may have noticed that the tra­di­tion­al meth­ods of moti­va­tion don’t seem to be work­ing as well as they used to. It’s no secret that each gen­er­a­tion has dif­fer­ent moti­va­tions and val­ues when it comes to work.

The image shows an illustration of different generations. Generation Z is aged 7-21. It's followed by Generation Y and X and the Baby Boomers aged 52-70.
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But don’t wor­ry, there are new tech­nol­o­gy and meth­ods of moti­va­tion that you can try that can help. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Onboarding and Training of Generation Z

When it comes to onboard­ing and train­ing pro­grams, employ­ers should focus on mak­ing them inter­ac­tive and engag­ing. Bor­ing lec­tures and Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tions are a sure­fire way to lose Gen Z’s atten­tion. Instead, try using gam­i­fi­ca­tion, sim­u­la­tions, and oth­er hands-on learn­ing activ­i­ties. These types of pro­grams will help keep your new employ­ees moti­vat­ed while they learn the ropes.

Professional Development

Career growth is impor­tant to Gen Zers, so offer­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment is a great way to keep them engaged in the work­place. Con­sid­er offer­ing men­tor­ship pro­grams, online cours­es, or tuition reim­burse­ment for employ­ees who want to fur­ther their edu­ca­tion. By invest­ing in your employ­ees’ devel­op­ment, you’ll show them that you’re com­mit­ted to their suc­cess — some­thing that will go a long way in keep­ing them moti­vat­ed and engaged.

Learning Experience Platforms

Learn­ing Expe­ri­ence Plat­forms (LXP) are a great way to engage Gen­er­a­tion Z in the work­place. An LXP is an inter­ac­tive learn­ing plat­form that enables learn­ers and coach­es to exchange learn­ings using inter­ac­tive media based on indi­vid­ual or group learn­ing paths. LXP’s offer more flex­i­bil­i­ty in the deliv­ery of learn­ing mate­r­i­al ver­sus tra­di­tion­al Learn­ing Man­age­ment Sys­tems (LMS) and are a great fit for the learn­ing style of the dig­i­tal native Gen Z.

Some of the things to look for in an LXP include: com­mu­ni­ca­tion based learn­ing and inter­ac­tive work­books. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion based LXPs ensure that learn­ers can imme­di­ate­ly ask ques­tions or share progress to their peers, coach­es or man­agers. LXPs need to be inter­ac­tive to keep the learn­ers engaged oth­er­wise it won’t be ful­ly uti­lized by Gen Z.

Work­books cre­at­ed by LXPs focus on the needs of the learn­ers by mak­ing learn­ing fun and engag­ing. This allows learn­ers to find dif­fer­ent top­ics inter­est­ing and have a place to store their learn­ings for fur­ther review. Learn­ing Expe­ri­ence Plat­forms are a great way to engage many types of learn­ers, espe­cial­ly those in Gen Z.


There you have dif­fer­ent ways to moti­vate Gen Z in the work­place. We hope you found this blog post help­ful. If you have any ques­tions or would like more infor­ma­tion, please don’t hes­i­tate to con­tact us!

We would be more than hap­py to help you engage your employ­ees and cre­ate a pro­duc­tive work envi­ron­ment for Gen Z with our next gen­er­a­tion plat­form: Get More Brain!