Speaker at Katoen Natie: How to Approach Gen-Z
In only 3 years Millenials and gen Z will make up 50% of the workforce, and this will have an impact on relationships in the workplace. Since we never stop learning at Katoen Natie, we wanted to learn more about this topic. We decided to invite keynote speaker, Tom Palmaerts, who shared his insights and ideas with our HR and operational departments.
Tom Palmaerts, who is a futurist and trendwatcher enlightened us with his passion and expertise about the different generations. Working all together, we can learn and continue to grow, both in our work and personal lives. We, at Katoen Natie don’t see this as a problem, on the contrary, we see this as an opportunity to learn from each other.
To say it with a quote of Tom: “You can’t create the future alone”.
Underneath you’ll find some handy tips & tricks to keep in mind for the future:
- Allow Technology Access
- Future generation values technology; create a tech-friendly workplace policy.
- Limit phone use during meetings but let the future generation feel comfortable with personal technology during work hours.
- Respect Worldviews
- Acknowledge political polarization; address potential workplace conflicts.
- Consider policies like banning political apparel or providing diversity training.
- Build Trust in a Way They Understand
- Foster trust between managers and employees.
- Adapt communication methods for the future generation, e.g., texting or emailing.
- Encourage bonding opportunities in and out of the workplace.
- Think Self-Management Whenever Possible
- The next generation prefers self-management and flexible work arrangements.
- Highlight self-management opportunities during the hiring process.
- Offer a Stake in Projects or Business
- The future generation values ownership; offer partial ownership or stock options for career progression.
- Encourage Work-Life Balance
- Promote work-life balance and use incentives other than promotions or raises.
- Provide empathy training for managers to support next generation employees during life events