Are Employers Justified in Complaining About Generation Z?

    “Gen Z” is the term used for individuals born between 1997 and 2012. Among the prominent characteristics of Generation Z are high self-confidence in using new technologies and possessing traits valued by employers. In Poland, Generation Z constitutes about 20% of the population.

    Videos of Generation Z or Millennials complaining about traditional 9-to-5 jobs are spreading like wildfire on social media platforms, sparking a debate on the work ethics of younger generations. According to a recent study, some employers actively avoid hiring individuals from Gen Z, with a staggering 58% believing that these workers are unprepared for the demands of the job market.

    Contrary to appearances, some experts argue that Generation Z is not lazy but rather vocally critical of corporate work structures. This suggests that they have radically different priorities than previous generations.

    Many representatives of Generation Z lack mortgages or families to support, providing them with greater financial freedom to make various life choices.

    Gen Z also desires work that fits their lifestyle, rather than the other way around. This leads to a younger generation being more inclined towards gig-based economies or frequent job changes than staying in a work environment they dislike. This is particularly unsettling for employers.

    Some studies show that Generation Z is less likely to seek promotions because they do not want to work overtime or take on additional responsibilities that may impact their lifestyle. These varied motivations are fundamentally misunderstood by some older employers. According to some labor market analysts, social media has contributed to misunderstandings and generational conflicts.

    A survey conducted in December 2023 among 800 employers and recruitment managers in the USA by Intelligent.com revealed that over half of employers believe Generation Z is unprepared for work and exhibits unprofessional behavior during job interviews.

    The primary criticism from employers regarding Gen Z’s behavior during job interviews was their lack of eye contact. Half of the respondents also stated that they requested unwarranted compensation, and 47% noted inappropriate attire. One in five employers even claimed that candidates showed up with a parent during the job interview.

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