Can the Material Handling Automation Industry Attract Gen Z Workers?

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Can the Material Handling Automation
Industry Attract Gen Z Workers?
Before you can attract Gen Z workers, you are going to need to know the difference between millennials and Generation Z workers.

Understand Gen Z
The first thing you need to do is understand what is different between Gen Z workers and millennials. Understanding that millennials grew up with Boomers for parents helps you realize why they may feel entitled. Their parents didn’t want them to know hard times. As a result, meaning and purpose became generally more important than income to this group.

By contrast, Gen Z grew up with parents living through difficulties such as the Challenger explosion, Berlin Wall, Watergate, and then had the economic blow of 2008. Gen Z watched their parents cut spending and therefore feel lucky to have a well-paying job.

Know What to Offer Gen Z
This means one of the best ways to attract Gen Z employees is making sure you offer them stability and career growth. This includes job security, good pay, and great benefits. Many employers find it a relief to offer
these benefits because millennials were driven by the need to find meaning with their career; a benefit harder to measure in a standardized manner.

At the same time, however, you must offer Gen Z candidates a clear path for their careers as well as incentives to remain loyal. In other words, you need to provide them sufficient value in their current compensation and their future career trajectory.

Recruit Actively for Your Material Handling Automation Company
Remember that while technology is your friend, it can also be a problem when it comes to hiring. Places to consider reaching young people are career fairs and seminars. Also, consider STEM programs and even 4H. Talking to youth about what makes you passionate about the industry and introducing them to fun projects is one of the best ways to attract Generation Z.

Mentor Your Future Employees
Don’t forget the advantages of mentoring youth. While this may seem similar to the above, mentoring goes much deeper than introducing youth to the Material Handling Automation industry. When Gen Z knows their skillset will be paid for and not only nurtured but developed with a laid-out plan for success, they will eagerly seek you out.

When your apprentices and those you are mentoring see the security offered in the Material Handling Automation industry, they will feel more confident in their decision to continue working within it. In fact, more than 66 percent of this up-and-coming workforce want stability over enjoyment in their job. This makes it easier for your Material Handling Automation company to recruit them.
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Sr.Project Manager
  • 5-7 years of experience managing large,
    complex Material Handling Automation Projects
  • Position is remote 50% travel
  • Client is fast growing Material Handling Systems Integrator that specializes in Micro-Fulfillment, AMR’s and AS/RS systems nationwide
Mechanical Design/Project Engineer
  • 4-6 years of experience
  • Client is a large Material Handling Integrator specializing in AS/RS,
    robotics, and design build solutions
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