Many freelance workers are mostly young adults who appreciate the flexibility that comes with freelancing. But that flexibility can make traditional employees at the same company resentful.

FREMONT, CA: 2020 will unravel some new challenges for managers, having to do with recruiting and retaining employees from Generation Z and gig workers, tackling mental health, and helping vape users to quit the habit.

Here are four challenges that managers will face in 2020:

Assisting Vapers to Quit

A lung illness linked to vaping nicotine or products containing tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical in marijuana responsible for the high, had resulted in 2,668 hospitalizations and 60 deaths, as of January 7, 2020. Many employees who vape are young adults, and they may need help to quit their habit. Implementing customized programs with a preferred support communication to the generation of workers that needs help to give up vaping is crucial.

Addressing Mental Health Issues

Mental health disorders are one of the most prevalent health concerns in the workplace. Adults from Generation Z represent the highest stress levels, according to the American Psychological Association's 2019 Stress in America survey. 

Managers who show concern about their employees' mental health will stand out to applicants and existing workers. According to a 2019 NBGH survey, 43 percent of managers had formal mental health strategy in place, which included approaches to tackle depression, anxiety and stress, substance abuse, sleep disorder, and workplace bullying. The most critical factors of those strategies are making employees aware of the importance of mental health, hosting mental health awareness events, training managers on what mental health is, and how to recognize trouble signs and how to refer employees to mental health resources.

Familiarizing with Generation Z

Generation Z employees are those born in 1995 and after, and these workers will become the fastest-growing percent of the workforce in a few years. Managers who want to attract and retain these young workers need to offer not only a flexible schedule but also a flexible start date, the ability to work remotely, and their pay be accessible beyond the usual twice-a-month paycheck.

Being Aware of Gig-Worker Laws

Many independent workers tend to be young adults who value the flexibility that comes with freelancing. But that flexibility can make traditional employees at the same company resentful.

Congress is assessing H.R. 2474, protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019, to stop the exploitation of nonemployee workers. But this could go wrong as California's AB 5 which took effect on January 1, would need businesses to reclassify many independent contractors as employees and has already sparked conflicts, including lawsuits challenging it on constitutional and other grounds and pushback from independent journalists, photographers, interpreters, musicians, truckers and others the law doesn't exempt. 

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