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Face time still No. 1

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The belief that your youngest employees prefer electronic communication over face-to-face communication is false. At least that is according to Dan Schawbel, who along with Randstad U.S. conducted a study comparing Gen Y and Gen Z workplace expectations in 10 countries.

Gen Z—employees born between 1994 and 2010—a group widely believed to be overly obsessed with technology, actually prefer in-person communication. In fact, more than half of Gen Z (51%) and Gen Y (52%) prefer face-to-face communication, while fewer than 20% of both generations prefer email.

Bottom line:
Don’t assume that you can rely only on technology to communicate with any of your employees—especially your youngest ones. Make time to connect with everyone in person.

— Adapted from “Even Millennials Want Face Time at Work,” Dan Schawbel, TIME, www.time.com.

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