Melting under the pressure! HALF of managers complain it’s ‘difficult’ to work with snowflake Gen Z employees – while more than a THIRD reveal they’ve had to FIRE younger staff because they’re too ‘easily offended’
- In a new study by ResumeBuilder, managers were asked about their workforce
- It found the majority believe Gen Z is more difficult to work with than any other
- And, of that group, 59 per cent said they had been forced to fire a Gen Z worker
More than half of managers have been forced to fire Gen Z workers after claiming that they ‘lack motivation’ and are ‘easily offended.’
In a new study by US-based company ResumeBuilder, team leaders were asked about their workforce – with shocking results.
It found that out of more than 1,300 respondents the majority (74 per cent) believe Gen Z is more difficult to work with than any other generation.
And, of that group, 59 per cent said they had been forced to fire a Gen Z worker, with 12 per cent doing so within the first week of their employment.
More than half of managers have been forced to fire Gen Z workers after claiming that they ‘lack motivation’ and are ‘easily offended’ (stock image)
The survey found that the most common reason managers find Gen Z workers to be challenging was due to a lack of technological skills
The survey revealed the reasons managers find Gen Zers to be challenging employees, including a lack of technological skills (39 per cent), effort (37 per cent) and motivation (37 per cent) – to name just a few.
They have also claimed that Gen Z workers were too ‘easily distracted’ (36 per cent) and ‘easily offended’ (35 per cent).
Speaking to the site, Akpan Ukeme, the head of HR at SGK Global Shipping Services, confirmed why he finds it challenging to work with Gen Zers.
He said: ‘In our organization, the Gen Zs I have interacted with can be exhausting because they lack discipline, and they like to challenge you.
‘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.’
ResumeBuilder’s chief career advisor Stacie Haller said that the pandemic could be partly to blame for Gen Z attitudes.
She said: ‘As a result of COVID-19 and remote education, it’s possible that Gen Zers lack the foundation to be more successful than older generations in entry-level positions.
In a new study by ResumeBuilder, of more than 1,300 respondents, the majority believe Gen Z is more difficult to work with than any other generation (stock image)
All the reasons managers find Gen Z difficult to work with
- Lack of technological skills: 39 per cent
- Lack of effort: 37 per cent
- Lack of motivation: 37 per cent
- Lack of productivity: 37 per cent
- Easily distracted: 36 per cent
- Poor communication skills: 36 per cent
- Easily offended: 35 per cent
- Lack of drive: 29 per cent
- Dishonest: 24 per cent
- Entitlement: 21 per cent
‘We know that with remote work and education, communication skills do not develop as well and people tend to work more independently.’
Stacie concluded: ‘Hiring managers need to be cognizant of this when interviewing Gen Zers for positions.
‘This generation may need more training when it comes to professional skills.’
But there were some that defended Gen Z employees.
Adam Garfield, marketing director at Hairbro, said: ‘Compared to other generations, I find Gen Z to be highly innovative, and adaptable.
‘They are not afraid to challenge the status quo and bring new ideas to the table.
‘They also value authenticity and transparency and expect companies to be socially responsible and ethical.’
But he was quick to add a caveat.
He stated: ‘However, one area where I believe Gen Z could improve in the workplace is their communication skills.
‘While they are proficient in using digital communication tools, they may lack some of the interpersonal skills required for face-to-face interactions.
‘Gen Zers could benefit from developing their communication skills to build stronger relationships with colleagues and clients.’