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Working with Gen Z is a Bit Challenging

Working with Gen Z is a Bit Challenging

July 24, 2023
Survey says this generation lacks technological skills, effort and motivation.

Each generation seems to feel that the younger generation is hard to work with. To test this theory for GenZers,ResumeBuilder surveyed 1,344 managers. 

The verdict? 74%  of managers agreed that the most challenging generation to work with is, in fact, Gen Zers. 

Why?  They lack technological skills (39%), effort (37%), and motivation (37%), among other skills and traits.

And these reasons cause companies to fire these workers. The survey found that one in eight have fired a GenZer within a week of their start date. The reason given for this early departure is that they lack motivation and effort and are too easily offended.

But there is hope. 

Jennifer Stapleton, a manager at Social Rise, offers this advice in the statement announcing the survey results:

  • Develop stronger interpersonal communication skills: While digital communication is essential, it’s also vital to be able to communicate effectively in person or over the phone. Building strong relationships with coworkers and supervisors will go a long way in ensuring success in the workplace.
  • Be open to feedback and learning from others: GenZ is known for being independent and self-assured, but it’s essential to recognize that there is always more to learn. Being receptive to constructive criticism and seeking guidance from experienced colleagues can help them grow both professionally and personally.
  • Demonstrate adaptability: The business world is constantly changing, and it’s important for GenZ employees to show that they can adapt to new situations and challenges. By being flexible and open to change, they can prove themselves as valuable assets to any company.

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Dave Blanchard, Editor-in-Chief: During his career Dave has led the editorial management of many of Endeavor Business Media's best-known brands, including IndustryWeekEHS Today, Material Handling & LogisticsLogistics Today, Supply Chain Technology News, and Business Finance. In addition, he serves as senior content director of the annual Safety Leadership Conference. With over 30 years of B2B media experience, Dave literally wrote the book on supply chain management, Supply Chain Management Best Practices (John Wiley & Sons, 2021), which has been translated into several languages and is currently in its third edition. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at major trade shows and conferences, and has won numerous awards for writing and editing. He is a voting member of the jury of the Logistics Hall of Fame, and is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.

Adrienne Selko, Senior Editor: In addition to her roles with EHS Today and the Safety Leadership Conference, Adrienne is also a senior editor at IndustryWeek and has written about many topics, with her current focus on workforce development strategies. She is also a senior editor at Material Handling & Logistics. Previously she was in corporate communications at a medical manufacturing company as well as a large regional bank. She is the author of Do I Have to Wear Garlic Around My Neck?, which made the Cleveland Plain Dealer's best sellers list.

Nicole Stempak, Managing Editor:  Nicole Stempak is managing editor of EHS Today and conference content manager of the Safety Leadership Conference.

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