According to WAC President Shelly Jones, “Kevin did a presentation on Generation Z compared to other generations. It was excellent. This is one of those presentations that you wish every collision shop manager or owner could attend.”
During his presentation, Andert provided an overview of the five generations in the workplace and defined Generation Z. He also discussed strategies for overcoming the differences and embracing the strengths offered by each generation.
The meeting was hosted by EFM, a recent addition to WAC’s growing list of gold sponsors. EFM Talent Acquisition Specialist Tamara Weidler attended the meeting and shared, “The meeting was very insightful in that we learned a lot about what to expect with Generation Z, specifically how to approach them and how to manage them to keep them engaged.”
“We were also happy to share information about services EFM offers our clients and the type of professional opportunities that await young people that decide to pursue a technical education,” Weidler said. “There were many new faces at the meeting and the energy for reaching young people to share the opportunity of automotive repair and collision repair was evident.”
Weidler said those at the meeting heard a testimony from Alex Emge, customer support advisor for EFM. Emge wasn’t making enough money at her previous job, so she decided to study diesel technology while working for EFM as an intern. She eventually landed a full-time job there. This testimony encouraged the young people at the meeting to pursue their passion, Weidler added.
WAC’s next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 at Ranken Technical College with guest speaker Stan Shoun, president of Ranken. Jones predicts, “This will be another informative and fascinating presentation. Look for more guest speakers at future meetings. There are many organizations that have a mission or hold events, such as job fairs, that would tie into the WAC mission and benefit our members.”
For more information about WAC and its upcoming meetings, visit wacstl.com.