One way to offer support is through mentoring programs, which can provide guidance and help employees to develop their skills. Interest groups and organized events can also provide employees with a sense of community and belonging. These initiatives are essential, especially post COVID-19, where social isolation was at is high and has become a major issue for many employees.
According to a study by the American Psychological Association, 46% of Gen Z employees reported a decline in their mental health during the pandemic, with 79% stating that they wished they had more emotional support. By comparison, only 40% of baby boomers reported a need for more support. A Future Forum study of 10,243 workers from the USA, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, and England also found that 48% of workers under the age of 30 felt burnt out, compared to 40% of those over the age of 30.
To maintain a productive and engaged workforce, it is important for employers to understand the needs of the new generation of workers. While Gen Z employees may be driven and goal-oriented, they also require more support and feedback than previous generations. By offering already mentioned resources such as mentorship programs, interest groups, and organized events, employers can create a positive workplace environment and support their employees’ mental health and well-being.
In summary, by prioritizing the social support and well-being of Gen Z employees, employers can foster a positive and productive work environment, resulting in higher employee engagement and retention rates.