Companies face several challenges derived from the changes in the tendencies of labor market, for example, the trend of workforce exceeding the job offer in a near future, or the already present different generations (baby boomers, X and Y) and the new one coming, named Z, recently incorporated to the world of labor with new expectations but not well known.
In the framework of the project “iGEN- Interwork Between Z Gen and Employers”, financed with the support of the ERASMUS+ Programme, we focus on the cooperation between two main actors in the labor market: members of Z generation and employers. The main objective of our project is trying to close the gap between employers and young people, fostering cooperation between these two main actors and contributing to create an effective and successful work environment.
The two main target groups of our project therefore are companies who already, or will have gen Z employees, and members of gen Z, with the aim of harmonizing the needs of both sides and bringing effective solutions to help them be more prepared for the new ways of cooperation.
The project offers several outputs. The first output is a methodology providing methods, tools and best practices for SMEs to create an attractive, supporting and retaining working environment. The second output is the Mentor training, developed based on our surveys of 596 European SMEs and demands of 394 representatives of Gen Z. The third output of the project is a soft-skills training material produced for members of Gen Z, based on the company survey and further research, prepared in a form adjusted to learning ways of Gen Z. This will help young employees to be more prepared and more confident and content at work, more assertive and able to solve problems due to the understanding of the demands of the job market and the working styles of older generations.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.