Alex Atherton is a Leadership Coach and expert on Generation Z who works with senior leaders to help improve recruitment, retention and engagement of this generation of young people in the workplace.
Drawing on his long career as a headteacher, he also supports organisations in thinking differently about Generation Z and managing their development as multi-generational institutions.
By 2025, Gen Z will make up 25% of the workforce, yet many older people in leadership positions do not understand this generation. Alex presents the challenges for leaders and organisatioins but also the actions needed to not only overcome these challenges but ensure future prosperity.
Alex’s down-to-earth talks make his audiences laugh and wince yet feel empowered with the practical actions they take away to implement.
Prompted by hearing the term ‘snowflake’ once too often about his former students, Alex decided his own generation needed a better understanding of the young people they were talking about.
Generation Z adult life started in difficult economic circumstances and when it came to the pandemic they were the first to get laid off. Their experiences have led them to be prudent, pragmatic and patient.
Alex helps leaders, employers and organisations understand where Gen Z employees are coming from, and to recognise their many strengths, enabling them to perform at their best and contribute to the wider success of the organisation.
Alex also supports leaders and organisations to acknowledge the elephant in the room: age and generation gaps within the workplace and the issues that these present, such as a communication disconnect. Looking at the issues from a range of angles, Alex demonstrates not only how to overcome them but how to harness them for the good of the organisation.
Alex is an expert on Generation Z and he delivers practical and impactful talks that help organisations make positive changes so they move forward, adapt and thrive. He is hugely passionate about his areas of expertise and this shines through for all of his audiences to experience.
“Alex is well-versed in the challenges and opportunities for Generation Z. A great source of knowledge that businesses need to appreciate and action in order to secure their workforce of the future in the ongoing battle for talent. A focused, articulate speaker with a fantastic appreciation of his material delivering a practical session full of value and information to act upon.”
Paul Andrews, Family Business United
“It was so great to have Alex deliver a session, all about Gen Z. It’s been a long time since I listened to a talk when I found myself making so many notes. The session was extremely informative and thought-provoking and Alex presents with such passion on a subject area that he is clearly well-informed about. I was that impressed I have asked him to key-note speak at our annual conference.”
Graham Ravenscroft, Gateway HR
“Very well presented and thought provoking. We could see our audience was engaged and took away the need to make changes whilst working with Gen Z. The feedback has been great! We liked that you stayed to talk to our audience, it also highlighted that people enjoyed the session as they approached you to discuss ideas.”
Gemma Felberg, Jewish Volunteer Conference –