GENERATION Z AND SOCIO-LABOR PLATFORM “WORK 4.0”: INTERACTION IMPERATIVES
Keywords:social and labor development, Labor Platform 4.0, Digital Generation (Generation Z), Downshifting, HR Strategies
The study of the social and labor relations of the digital age within the context of the theory of generations and the applied aspects of its use at the present stage, without exaggeration, should lay new foundations for ensuring the sustainability of social and labor development and achieving a new, higher level of social quality on this basis. The lack of systematic, interdisciplinary studies of those facets and aspects that not only reflect, but also explain from a scientific standpoint, on the one hand, unidirectionality, and on the other — the contradiction of the interaction of two phenomena of the present - the social and labor platform “Labor 4.0” and “digital” Generation (Generation Z) confirms the relevance of the topic of the article. The aim of the research is to increase scientific knowledge and to obtain additional arguments regarding the correspondence of the social and labor platform “Labor 4.0” to the possibilities of self-realization of the “digital” generation (generation Z), the coherence of the development of two socially significant institutions, which should contribute to the elabo ration of a roadmap for social and labor development in interrelation with generational trends of the digital age in the future. A fundamentally new result is the scientific argumentation of the interaction between the “digital” generation (generation Z) and the new social and labor reality, which by the author’s concept is presented as a platform “Labor 4.0”, — from the perspective of unidirectionality and contradiction of their development. The authors defend the belief that the platform “Labor 4.0”, on the one hand, gives young people new opportunities, area for self-reali zation and self-expression, on the other hand — creates new challenges, limitations and threats. It has been proven that “Labor 4.0” is a more attractive and receptive institute for Generation Z than for representatives of other generations in the context of adapting to changes that are becoming a norm rather than exception in the new economy’s coordinates. The systematic and interdisciplinary approaches have become the methodological basis of scientific research. General scientific and special methods of scientific researches — theoretical generalization, induction and deduction, abstract-logical, historical and classification, comparative analysis, logical substantiation, hypothetical, — have been used in order to give reasons for the answers to a number of questions put by the authors of the article before the scientists in the area of labor. The basic principles of the theory of generations and scientific and applied aspects of its use in the practice of human resources management have been revealed in order to achieve the set goal. The features of the “digital” generation have been highlighted; the emphasis has been placed the personal, psychophysiological qualities of Generation Z representati ves which are increasingly becoming a part of the total labor force. The variety of characteristics of the platform “Labor 4.0”, which give an idea regarding the new social and labor reality, has been substantiated and outlined. Preliminary investigations of new opportunities and challenges that await Generation Z representatives as a part of the total labor force the platform “Labor 4.0”in have been made.
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