The next wave of human talent: Gen Z and the four-day week
Almost 60 years ago in December 1964, The Beatles released their hit "Eight Days a Week" and now in 2023 the prospect of a four-day workweek for some looks not merely tantalising but realistic. In the workplace landscape after COVID, more and more members of Generation Z workers are looking for opportunities to reduce the time they spend at work, whether that be in the office or even remotely from home or a coffee shop.
EICN recently conducted a survey throughout the world - targeting both its executive membership and also Gen Z employees - to gauge the impact of a four-day work week in global workforces, as well as the experiences of younger workers in adapting to the post-pandemic working environment.
At our June event we will present the results of this cross-cultural survey and discuss what its implications are for our human resources and management teams going forward. Are companies in South Korea already making adjustments? Or is it business as usual? Are young job applicants voting with their feet by making a shorter work week a priority in choosing where to take up employment offers? Join us in June as we try to unpack it all.
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration and Networking
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch and panel discussion
Four Seasons Hotel, Seoul
Executive Meeting Suite 702 (7F), 97 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul Seoul, Korea (South)
If you have any questions please contact EICN North Asia
Yoonjung Seo is a producer for CNN based at the network's Seoul bureau.
Since joining CNN in 2018, she has taken a lead role in CNN's coverage of three inter-Korean summits, two historic US-North Korea summits in Singapore and Hanoi and a trilateral meeting of the leaders of the US and the Koreas at Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone.
Prior to CNN, Seo spent seven years at the Washington Post where she secured a number of exclusives and features, such as tracking down and interviewing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's aunt and uncle in New York and the digital special "Life under Kim Jong Un" which documented the stories of more than a dozen North Korean defectors.
Seo graduated from Seoul Women's University majoring in German Language and Literature.
Christina Ahn is a Client Partner at Korn Ferry where she leads the Global Consumer/Retail Market in Seoul.
As a core member of the Korea leadership team, she works closely with local and multinational clients across a diverse range of industries including luxury/retail, professional services and technology.
Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Christina served at another global executive search firm where she launched the Korea office as the Managing Director in Seoul. Christina brings a strong talent consultancy background. Having lived and worked in the U.S. and multiple cities across Asia Christina brings global and inclusive perspective to leadership talent and management. Earlier in her career, she was a HR consultant at advisory firms such as Mercer and PwC where she provided organization-wide solutions in HR strategy, employer branding, compensation benefits and post M&A organizational design.
Christina has also worked in luxury media and public relations where she was responsible for sales and marketing of a global print media company in the Asia region. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and a Master of Science in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she has completed doctoral coursework at the University of Hong Kong as a candidate for Doctor of Education.
Dean and Professor of Marketing at SKK Graduate School of Business
Dr. Eric Shih is the Dean and Professor of Marketing at SKK Graduate School of Business (SKK GSB). Previously, he served as the Vice Dean for Faculty & Executive MBA Program for the school, and the Academic Program Director of Sungkyun Management Institute where he oversaw the development of online and offline training programs for Samsung Electronics’ marketing professionals worldwide. Before joining SKK GSB in 2007, he was a faculty member at Wake Forest University Babcock Graduate School of Management in the US and Brock University Goodman School of Business in Canada. He was also a visiting scholar at Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business and MIT Sloan School of Management, and Faculty Associate at Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations (CRITO) at UC Irvine.
Dr. Shih received his BA in Economics from UC Berkeley, an MBA from UC Riverside, and Ph.D. in Marketing from UC Irvine. His research interest is on the intersection of information technology and marketing and includes topics such as the diffusion of technological innovation and the economic impact of IT adoption. His research has appeared in leading journals such as Journal of Marketing, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Journal of Management Information System. Besides research, Dr. Shih is also an enthusiastic teacher and have won numerous teaching and research awards throughout his career.
Network Moderator, Seoul at Economist Intelligence Corporate Network
Jacco Zwetsloot has lived in Korea for 20 of the last 25 years, with a broad range of work experience in the communication, legal, tourism, training and broadcasting sectors. He has worked as an English teacher, a tour guide for the US military, a regular radio show guest, and a translator of North Korean propaganda. Currently, Jacco works as a content creator for a communications consultancy Insight Communications Consultants, hosts a weekly podcast about North Korea, moderates panel discussions, writes a monthly Korean newspaper column and still leads occasional lunchtime walking tours in downtown Seoul for the Royal Asiatic Society Business & Culture Club. Jacco holds a Master of Arts degree in Korean Studies from Leiden University, a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from Monash University and a separate Bachelor of Arts in Modern European Studies and German Language from the University of Melbourne.
Vivian Tokai is the North Asia Director of the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network based in Tokyo and covering Japan and South Korea. She is responsible for programme development and client engagement. She works closely with c-level executives on key economic and political issues and industry-specific analysis to support their businesses in the region.
Vivian is a government affairs and public policy professional with 25 years of experience covering a wide variety of sectors, including energy, environment, aviation, transportation, defense, IT and digital economy. She has extensive senior leadership experience with a wide range of blue-chip multinational businesses in Japan. Prior to joining the Economist Group, she led Japan government relations activities at UPS, GE, Facebook, eBay and Honeywell. She was responsible for developing and executing strategic lobbying approaches, and ensuring strong relationships with regulators and government leaders.
Vivian has been active in a number of business organisations. She is a member of the Keizai Doyukai, Japan Association of Corporate Executives, and has held various board roles with the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. She has also been a visiting professor and lecturer at a number of Japanese universities including Chuo University and Showa Women’s University.
Her personal commitment is female empowerment. She served as Chief Diversity Officer at Citigroup in Japan and was selected as Women’s Leadership member at GE.
Vivian also possesses extensive experience in the media. She anchored a sports news segment of a daily evening news program at NHK, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation. She earned a Master of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from School of Journalism, College of Communication, Boston University. She can speak Japanese and English, and introductory Chinese, Korean and French.