It only seems like a few years since people managers were talking about ‘millennials’ and their impact on the world. In 2019 millennials form the largest proportion of the global workforce. However, the next generation of employee, Generation Z (Gen Z), is on the rise.
As an International HR Manager, it is important to plan for employee expectations. This will allow you to attract and retain the best people for your business.
If you are a global HR manager here are some of the employee benefits the next generation of employee will appreciate:
Flexible Working Hours:
If possible, allow Generation Z employees to work where and when suits them best. While many global businesses have remote working policies, fewer encourage employees to work at the times they are most productive.
Encourage and facilitate this new cohort of employees to upskill. Try to be cognisant of how this generation prefer to learn. Self directed micro-learning suits Generation Z better than many L&D programmes often allow. There are many micro-learning platforms on the market that will make this easy to achieve.
Research by Deloitte showed that Generation Z also seek out mentorships to fast track their career progression. If your company already has a mentoring programme, then you may well be one step ahead.
To address the wellbeing needs of this generation, include an employee assistance programme as part of your employee benefits. This will allow them to access the support they need during periods of stress or difficult life events. If you are managing expat employees, there are expat assistance programmes linked to international health insurance that offer similar supports.
Lifestyle benefits like discounted gym membership, team building, or free snacks are also important to this upcoming generation.