This expert explains why this generation is treating work differently than Boomers

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Previous generations saw real value in putting in a hard day’s work.

But today Boomers are noticing that younger generations do not share their values and assume they are lazy, but this may not be completely the case.

This expert says that the new generation is not only entitled but also has different values that make it hard for them to handle real jobs.

Gen Zers lament having a career

Hundreds of Gen Zers are taking to social media to post videos of themselves complaining about having a full-time job.

One recent survey found that some employers are even choosing to avoid hiring Gen Zers, with approximately 58% of respondents saying they feel the generation is simply not ready to enter the workforce.

Some experts say that Gen Z isn’t necessarily lazy, but they are entitled.

Labor force expert John Frehse said, “Gen Z is not a lazy generation, but it is an entitled generation because they have the freedom to make a more broad set of decisions than older generations that have financial obligations. They’re different.”

Frehse is the senior managing director and head of global labor strategy for the consulting firm Ankura.

He explained that data shows younger adults are choosing not to marry and have kids, and it’s at a much higher rate than previous generations.

Since most Gen Zers don’t have a mortgage or a family they must support, they tend to have more financial freedom, which means they can make different life and career choices.

In other words, Gen Zers are looking for jobs that accommodate their lifestyle, rather than their lifestyle having to accommodate their job.

As a result, this generation is choosing to enter the gig economy or deciding to change their careers more frequently instead of opting to stick with a job they’re not happy with.

Frehse said, “This is very troubling to employers.”

Much of his research finds that Gen Zers are far less likely to seek promotions because they’d rather not work overtime and working harder or longer would interfere with their lifestyle.

Job-hopping isn’t a new trend

According to author and culture expert Jessica Kriegel, the job-hopping trend isn’t a new phenomenon that only affects Gen Z.

Data shows workers in their 20s and 30s tend to stay at a company for just three years, on average, while those in their 50s and 60s stay at the same company for an average of 10 years. 

“So, it’s really more of a life stage issue than a generational issue,” Kriegel says.

Kriegel continues, “I think what’s really going on is young people try out a career, don’t really love it, try a different career. Whereas older people have gone through that journey, and they’ve figured out where they want to be and stay, and they’re also closer to retirement, so they have more financial incentive to stay put.”

However, a survey of 800 employers and hiring managers conducted in December 2023 found that over half of respondents thought Gen Zers were unprepared for the workforce and displayed unprofessional behavior during job interviews.

The biggest complaint was that the young interviewees failed to maintain eye contact, asked for unreasonable compensation, or were dressed inappropriately.

One in five employers said Gen Z job candidates arrived with a parent during a job interview.

Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.