Workplace Safety for Gen-Z Workers
Gen-Z workers are smart, tech-savvy, and bold – ready to make a statement and follow it up with new, emerging trends that support their argument.
And yes, while Gen-Z workers are the tech savvy generation, they also are fairly new to the workplace environment, which means they aren’t necessarily up-to-date on the latest cybersecurity and workplace safety culture initiatives that are crucial for maintaining a safe and efficient workplace.
In this blog, we’ll be discussing all things Gen-Z and the workplace, including cybersecurity measures, navigating technology, safe driving initiatives, and Gamify safety protocols that are key for both protecting and innovating your company’s safety culture.
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The Growing Importance of Workplace Safety in the Digital Age
Since Covid-19, we’ve seen a dramatic shift to the traditional workplace environment; many companies have transitioned to being fully remote or hybrid, meaning the reliance on technology has become a fairly new factor for those entering into the workplace for the first time.
According to a study conducted by EY US, both Gen-Z and Millennial employees are more likely to be lax on cybersecurity protocols, including using the same password for both a professional and personal account, placing not only themselves, but their companies at risk.
Let’s take a look at two key factors for improving safety within the Gen-Z workplace.
Cybersecurity: Protecting Data and Employees
Enhancing cybersecurity protocols for all employees, not just Gen-Z ones is a must for companies operating in the 21st century. With the reliance on interactive platforms like Microsoft Teams, Skype, and Slack, there’s an increased opportunity for hackers to gain information through common security threats like phishing, malware, and ransomware.
Here are a few cybersecurity measures we recommend for protecting employee data:
- Use strong passwords
- Enhance cybersecurity trainings
- Put up a firewall
- Update programs regularly
- Request multi-factor authentication
Gen-Z Workers Navigating Technology and Driving Safety
While technology and safe driving is not a new concept, it has become a larger issue thanks to short and long-form content applications like YouTube, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitch – even simply texting. Implementing regular, safe-driving initiatives into the workplace for Gen-Z and Millennial employees who often use technology while on the way to and from work will help set up a safer and more efficient workplace.
Safety Training and Education in the Tech Industry
The tech boom of the last decade has yet to cease, which means implementing safety training and education for employees is a top priority for these new-age giants. That’s why we’ve put together two key initiatives for improving or starting safety training for both tech and non-tech workplaces.
Workplace Safety Regulations and Compliance in the Digital Era
Creating an up-to-date, standardized safety regulations and compliance initiative that all employees understand is of vital importance for companies, including those in the tech industry as it’s constantly evolving.
A few key ways we recommend introducing these initiatives, include:
- Communicating new legislation and changes in real-time
- Create an easy process for incidents reporting
- Securely store audits and communication records
Gamify Safety Protocols for Productivity
Traditional safety presentations can be, well…a bit dull. They’re important, don’t get us wrong, but using an application like gamification can help make safety training more accessible for employees, providing them with an engaging session that doesn’t remove any of the serious topics – simply elevating the learning experience.
Fostering a Safe and Secure Work Environment for Gen-Z in Technology
With all this information on how to up your cybersecurity measures within the workplace, we also want to focus on how to celebrate safety improvements and highlight top performers that actively promote safety in the workplace.
Celebrating successful safety initiatives in the workplace is a great way to ensure workplace safety is a top priority and focus, which is why our employee safety recognition awards is a fan-favorite amongst companies and business we partner with!
At Choose-Your-Gift, we offer 20 gift levels ranging from $25 to $5,000 – all with the familiar, trusted brand name products you know and love.
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For more information on our safety recognition awards or to get started implementing your own loyalty, reward, and service programs for your workplace, please contact us today!