Francisco Martínez Domene
CEO
Adecco México
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Expert Contributor

The Importance of Training Gen Z to Lead an Unpredictable Future

By Francisco Martínez | Fri, 04/08/2022 - 11:00

Even though there are signs that the whole world is getting closer to leaving behind the pandemic situation caused by COVID-19, one of the most palpable and at the same time most forgotten reminders from this event is that the future is uncertain and unpredictable.

This statement not only applies to the daily life of human beings but extends to the professional field, where the changes have had a great impact, not just in the way of relating within the workspace but also in how we learn and access employment opportunities. These have also undergone an adjustment in terms of the profiles, skills and knowledge required for the positions offered.

According to a recent Adecco Group report on Generation Z, it is expected that by 2030 the population born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s will make up a third of our global workforce. And just 10 years later, by 2040, this generation will occupy dominant leadership positions in leading organizations around the world.

People of this generation often are characterized as "leaders" and as "digital natives” who, faced with such a critical moment for their working lives the appearance of COVID-19 have quickly adapted to a new professional world that is more digital, and in which different skills are required. In this regard, Gen Z is adept at thinking critically and using this skill to effectively solve problems, which has become even more valuable in this increasingly uncertain work landscape.

Lately, we have seen that organizations have become more selective when it comes to hiring due to the pandemic. However, at Adecco Group, we believe that now is the time for organizations to invest in the development of Generation Z to benefit from a wide pool of valuable talent, especially now that we are moving to a hybrid or fully integrated remote work environment.

It should be noted that this generation is not recognized for its resilience, so there is a risk that without support, Gen Z will be particularly vulnerable to feelings of isolation when working virtually, which creates a significant risk of mental burnout for young talent in organizations.

This implies that as organizations we must stop along the way and consider what skills and behaviors have been affected during the pandemic and, at the same time, look for training programs that help promote those key strengths that are vital to face the future of work.

It is time for companies to commit to training our work teams, especially in strengthening soft skills, such as teamwork, self-management, frustration management and tolerance. Even when we return to a hybrid work model, which in theory would help us maintain a certain human approach and control of activities within the same workspace, it is essential that the new generations develop new skills that allow them to face the changes that will follow.

We must not forget that the digitization of processes and the general impact of the Internet of Things in the professional world will generate constant changes and at a greater speed than what we have been used to.

Human resources departments will again play an important role, not only in the acquisition of new talent but also from the point of view of internal talent development.

Francisco Martínez Domene

Francisco Martínez Domene is an executive with more than 26 years of experience in the staffing industry. He began his career at Adecco Spain, where he held a variety of positions, including Regional Director of Operations for 15 years. In 2015, he joined the Latin American region where he was General Director in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. He has been CEO of The Adecco Group Mexico since September 2019 and has been named for four consecutive years on the list of the 25 most influential leaders in the outsourcing industry in Latin America by the prestigious North American consulting firm Staffing Industry Analyst. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Swiss-Mexican Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Mexico and the Catalan Business Club. He is also the Secretary of the Council of the Mexican Association of Human Capital Companies (AMECH) for the biennium 2021-2022.