Posted: 11 Dec. 2019 05 min. read

Want to understand your Millennial and Gen Z workers?

Look no further than Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones… what a doozy. As we reflect on one of the greatest TV shows of all time, we must ask ourselves what we’ve learned and what we can take away from the fantasy world of Westeros. 

While we can’t say ‘dracarys’ to our pet dragon and set fire to an enemy, we can learn from the leadership, triumphs, and mishaps of our favourite characters.

In fact, if we look at who won the now non-existent Iron Throne (thanks Drogon!) we find the young and progressive characters on top. This came as a surprise to many.  

But why?

See, just as in the real world, we underestimated the youngsters in GoT.

And according to Deloitte’s 2019 Millennial Survey, millennials and Gen Zs now make up more than 40 percent of Australia's working population, which means we can no longer underestimate the Bran’s, Ayra’s, or the Sansa’s of the world.

So, if you wish to conquer the Seven Kingdom’s – look into the flames no more - here’s everything you need to know about your generation ‘MillZ’ (Millennials and Gen Z) workers: 

  • We’ve lost faith in leadership - Unfortunately it’s not so far-fetched to compare the political chaos of Westeros to Australia’s own political situation. While our cities aren’t being scorched by a Targaryen, political and religious leaders have become some of the least trusted sources of reliable and accurate information for us generation MillZ, which is a wakeup call for our government and leaders.
  • We aren’t afraid to job hop - with only 13 percent of Gen Zs expect to stay with their current employer beyond five years, compared to 27 percent of millennials, employers must treat generation MillZ like allies, not slaves. We want to be a part of purpose driven businesses with values as strong as Valyrian steel. And, if an employer doesn’t fulfil our needs and goals, we won’t hesitate to job hop. 
  • Climate change is our no. 1 concern - The future of our environment is dark and full of terrors – and now we must prepare to fight our biggest battle of all. Climate change is the main concern for 31 percent of millennials and 37 percent of Gen Zs.
    If businesses don’t declare action against the disastrous effects of wildfire – they risk losing the support of younger generations. 
  • We’re not entitled, we’re motivated – When asked if we were ‘satisfied’ with our life nowadays, only 29 percent of millennials and 25 percent of Gen Zs said yes. See just like Sansa, we’re unsatisfied with our jobs, financial situation, and government – and we’re determined to ignite societal change to create more desirable lives. And Sansa wasn’t the tragic figure she was made out to be. With strength and tenacity, Sansa overcame insurmountable odds and became arguably the most motivated character of Game of Thrones. We want to ensure our ambitions are realised and will support businesses who provide the tools for us to become Queens of the North. 

Whether you like it or not – generation MillZ are not only becoming protectors of the realm, we’re fundamentally changing what the realm is. And organisations that can make the future brighter for us stand to have the brightest futures themselves.

Meet our author

Emily Powick

Emily Powick

Coordinator, ICS BD

Emily Powick, a TV fanatic, is currently an intern with Deloitte Australia’s Marketing, Communications, Business Development team. Emily will be joining Deloitte’s Graduate Program in 2020.