Breaking Down Jersey Gen Z: Work Ethic is Good Despite Stereotypes
Many people are quick to criticize the work ethic of Gen Z folk, but they may want to rethink certain stereotypes that have become perceived as true. Apparently, Baby Boomers in New Jersey who complain about the Gen Z work ethic are less concerned about their own work than our younger generation.
LinkedIn’s latest Workforce Confidence Index survey found 35% of Gen Z workers feel guilty for not working when they’re on vacation. The U.S. average in the survey across all ages was 29%. In fact, it found that more Gen Z employees feel guilty while on vacation than any other age group. Gen Z say they’re going to unplug on vacation, but feel guilty and plug in while on vacation.
Additionally, a higher percentage of the Gen Z generation than Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Millennials say they don’t plan on vacationing within the next year due to the state of the economy. Gen Z don’t have as much vacation time as their older more experienced co-workers either, the article points out.
I’m a Gen Xer, and I find that my generation has just as many negative thinkers toward work as any other generation including Gen Z. It all depends on your own experience and what you choose to believe.
We have a Millennial and two Gen Zers in our family, and it’s not my experience that any of them have a less-than-inspiring work ethic. However, when it comes to feeling guilty about not working on vacation, the two Gen Zers are just graduated high school. They’re now starting college and haven’t had the workforce experience to which the study refers.
LinkedIn senior editor at large George Anders said, “Gen Z is very conscientious…but from what we’re seeing, Gen Z’s commitment to delivering good work is as intense as any other generation.” The article also mentions that those who were proud “workaholics” when they were younger, now feel that, despite their success, it was probably not the best way to be.
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