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    PCHRA April Member Meeting: Embracing Gen Z in the Workplace!

    Date: April 17, 2024, 11:15am – 1:00pm
    Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities (formerly Happy Day School)
    2500 Brady Lake Rd.,
    Ravenna, OH 44266

    Also, streamed virtually via Teams

    11:15am - Registration Opens
    11:30am - Networking & Lunch
    11:50am - Announcements
    Noon - Presentation Begin
    Price: $25 Members, $35 Non-Members, $15 Students & Members-in-transition,
    Event Type:
    PCHRA Monthly Meeting (Blended)
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    "Embracing Gen Z in the Workplace"

    ABOUT THE EVENT: This month we welcome Kristin William, Director, Career Services for the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship and career coach and consultant to talk with us about Gen Z and the effects they will have on the workplace.

    For this event, participants can learn and earn 1 SHRM PDC.

    ABOUT THE PRESENTATION:  There have been multiple generations working side-by-side for years and we’ve come to understand how to manage the workplace to accommodate their different styles and needs. We now have Gen Z, who literally grew up with technology at their fingertips. Unlike the millennials before them, this generation has never known life without the internet and, for most, without smartphones. Their worldview has been shaped not only by the ability to offer their opinions, frustrations, and perceived injustices to known and unknown “friends” across the globe but also by events like the Great Recession, where their parents may have lost jobs or older siblings moved back home because of their financial instability and the pandemic that brought fear and isolation.

    Gen Z has a different perspective, expectations and preferences about the workplace that may be very different from previous generations.  Understanding and adapting to these expectations can help employers attract, retain, and engage Gen Z employees in the workplace. This month’s speaker will provide insight on what employers should expect from Gen Z. She will discuss their:

    • Need for purposeful work including work-life balance and different benefit options.
    • Expectations of feedback, recognition, and career growth.
    • Desire for a culture that embraces inclusiveness, collaboration, creativity, and a sense of belonging.  
    • Use of technology as a work enhancer rather than distractor.

    ABOUT THE PRESENTER:  Kristin William, Director of the Career Services Office for the Ambassador Crawford College of Busienss at Kent State University. Kristin is a career education professional dedicated to helping students grow their social capital, articulate their skills, and drive their career management process while working with early talent recruiting partners.  In her more than 20 years in the field she has grown her specialties to include internship coordination and sourcing, employer relations, and career coaching. Williams is certified in Etiquette Essentials, the MBTI, CliftonStrengths, AAUW SmartStart Negotiations, and has training in Career Construction.  Kristin earned her Bachelor of Arts from Muskingum (College) University with majors in Spanish and history, her Master of Education from Kent State University in higher education administration, and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education in Interprofessional Leadership.

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