A new study reveals that 3 in 4 business managers say Gen Zs, a.k.a. the TikTok generation, are “more difficult to work with than past generations.”
In the study published by Resume Builder, nearly 75% of managers and business leaders surveyed say they find Gen Zs to be lazy, unmotivated, lack technological skills, and lack discipline.
1 in 8 managers say they’ve fired a GenZer within a week of their start date.
Akpan Ukeme, the head of HR at SGK Global Shipping Services, says GenZers are exhausting to work with.
“In our organization, the Gen Zs I have interacted with can be exhausting because they lack discipline, and they like to challenge you,” says Ukeme.
“I’ve butted heads more than once with a Gen Z employee, because since our company is online-based, they think they know everything about the digital world and that they can teach me. They think they’re better than you, smarter than you, more capable than you, and they will tell you to your face.”
However, millennial Demi Korsoris (pictured) says older people are the ones who don’t have their priorities in order.
“Older generations are so confused about why we don’t want to work hard anymore or prioritize our careers,” she said in a TikTok video.
Korsoris says older people experience “life changing events” – such as losing a loved one – before putting themselves first.
“You know that older person in your life that had someone pass away when they were young and they live life to the fullest because of that? Now we have that access to that information,” she said.
Korsoris believes people in their twenties and thirties prioritize themselves now without waiting for a life changing experience.
“We know how short life is now – and it didn’t have to come from a life changing event,” she said.
“We have access to information and suffered through a pandemic – we view life differently than we ever have before. The access to information has made us smarter,” she concluded.
@millennialcrisis Access to information really do change your outlook & pathway or mental state lol #20something #30something #quarterlifecrisis #millennial ? original sound – Demi Kotsoris
But older people disagree with Korsoris. They say young people are lazy and lack discipline because they spend too much time on TikTok.
“Millennials won’t work hard but will be the first ones to complain how they cannot afford to buy a house,” one man said.
Another person said: “All young people know is how to complain. You should get real jobs instead of spending your time on TikTok.”
But one older woman said she wishes she hadn’t wasted her time working when she was younger.
“I think it’s great to focus on your lives – I regret wasting so much time working, I just lost my husband and he was only 51. Life is too short,” she said.
Question: Do you agree that today’s young people are more difficult to work with than past generations?