Discovering Gen Z values 

Gen Z is taking over the world— and the workplace. In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Dave Drewery, associate director of the Work-Learn Institute, to discuss what Gen Z values most and how these core values are shaping their careers. Learn how employers can create a work culture that attracts and retains young talent, as well as how Gen Z may change the future of work for everyone.



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(0:58) Who is Dr. David Drewery?

(1:08) What happens at the Work-Learn Institute (WxL)?

(1:45) Who is Gen Z?

(2:36) What are the defining characteristics of Gen Z?

(5:07) Where is Gen Z on their education and career journey?

(6:05) Why is the WxL interested in Gen Z?

(7:36) What does Gen Z value?

(12:44) How do Gen Z values differ from employer perceptions of Gen Z values?

(14:00) What role does work-integrated learning (WIL) play in helping Gen Z identify their values and career paths?

(16:39) How can WIL help employers consider their values and interact with Gen Z?

(20:14) How do employers attract and retain Gen Z workers?

(26:46) What are the organizational costs to accommodate Gen Z?

(29:00) How might accommodating Gen Z change the future of work?

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Work-Learn Institute (WxL) 



David Drewery

Dr. David Drewery

Associate Director, Work-Learn Institute

David Drewery is the associate director of the Work-Learn Institute (WxL). His research focuses on how organizations can support students in work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences and the benefits organizations gain when doing so. This research agenda includes studies of perceived supervisor support, work engagement, organizational commitment, applicant attraction, employee retention, and talent development--all in the context of WIL.

His research has been published in journals such as Education + Training, Higher Education Research & Development, and Journal of Education and Work. David is also an associate editor of the International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning. In 2022, he earned a PhD from the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo where he studied organizational behaviour and service management.

Connect with Dave on LinkedIn