The Phenomenon of 'Tech Shame' in a Gen Z Workforce

Addressing the Skills Gap in the Workplace

The Gen Z workforce, born between 1997 and 2015, has been raised with a familiarity and comfort with technology. Their digital fluency, however, can lead to feelings of ‘tech shame‘ when colleagues, typically from older generations, lack the same level of familiarity. SMEs risk losing the confidence of their Gen Z employees, potentially losing the best talent and future leaders in the company.

Investing in Employee Training

To combat ‘tech shame’ and address the skills gap, SMEs should prioritize investing in employee training programs. These programs should offer comprehensive and ongoing training opportunities for all employees, regardless of their age or technological background. By providing training, businesses can increase their employees’ confidence, promote cross-generational learning and development, and future-proof their business.

Retaining Young Talent

Investing in employee training can also help SMEs retain young talent in their workforce. As digital natives, Gen Z employees value professional development opportunities and are more likely to stay with a company that invests in their growth. Providing ongoing training opportunities can help build employee loyalty and establish the SME as an employer of choice.

Nurturing Talent in Tech

Finally, SMEs can nurture talent in tech by providing opportunities for employees to develop their skills and advance their careers. By offering mentorship programs and opportunities for internal advancement, businesses can cultivate the next generation of IT professionals and position themselves as industry leaders.

Don’t let ‘tech shame’ hold back your business. Embrace the digital fluency of your Gen Z workforce and invest in employee training to close the skills gap and build a confident, capable, and loyal team. For more advice from a business owner of more than 25 years, contact Lee today.

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