Unleashing Your Inner MacGyver: Tips for Gen Z’s to be Resourceful in the workplace
Updated: May 2
Being resourceful and innovative can be crucial for young workers to succeed and stand out in the workplace. You can reach your full potential and have a significant impact on your team and organisation with a little creativity and strategic thinking. Here are some tips to help you develop your creativity and resourcefulness at work:
According to Insider Intellegence.com: Generation Z (aka Gen Z, iGen, or centennials), refers to the generation that was born between 1997-2012, following millennials. This generation has been raised on the internet and social media, with some of the oldest finishing college by 2020 and entering the workforce.
Be proactive and take initiative.
One of the best ways to demonstrate your resourcefulness is by taking the initiative and being proactive. Don't wait for your boss or colleagues to give you tasks or assignments – seek out opportunities to contribute and make a difference. You can do this by volunteering for projects or suggesting new ideas that could benefit the team or organization. Find ways to be more proactive.
Leverage technology and tools
Technology and tools can be powerful resources for young people in the workplace. From project management software to collaboration tools, there are many tools available to help you work more efficiently and effectively. Be open to learning about new technologies and tools, and don't be afraid to suggest new ones that could improve your team's workflows or processes. Free productivity apps.
Think outside the box.
To be truly innovative, you need to think outside the box and look for new and unconventional solutions to problems. Don't be afraid to challenge conventional wisdom or suggest ideas that may seem unconventional. Often, the most innovative solutions come from thinking differently about a problem or situation.
Be adaptable and flexible.
In today's rapidly changing workplace, being adaptable and flexible is essential. Be open to new ideas and ways of working and be willing to pivot and adjust your approach as needed. This can help you stay ahead of the curve and respond effectively to changing circumstances.
Network and collaborate.
Networking and collaboration can be powerful tools for young people in the workplace. Seek out opportunities to connect with colleagues and industry peers and look for ways to collaborate on projects or initiatives. This can help you build your professional network and gain new insights and perspectives. Find ways to grow your professional network.
And last but not least, Ask Questions!
Asking questions is an essential tool for learning and gaining knowledge. However, many people are hesitant to ask questions because they fear being perceived as ignorant or incompetent. This fear can hold them back from acquiring the knowledge they need to succeed. But as a little secret:
Fear stands for: False Evidence Appearing Real
Ps, and for the Gen Z’s not knowing who Macgyver was. He was a resourceful U.S. operative who works for the Phoenix Foundation, a covert U.S. government agency operating under the guise of a think tank.
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To summarise, to ‘Macgyver’ is a verb that named after the something basically means to be handy and resourceful; to fix a seemingly impossible problem or create something new. MacGyver has a genius-level intellect and a particular ability for adaptation and improvisation.
We invite you to become one with your inner Macgyver in the workplace.
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Written by Wilbur Kepkey, Jade Jaffah and Saadiq Geduldt