Simon Sinek: Are GEN Z The Weakest Generation?Sep 03, 2023
There is no way that some of these younger people can weather such a storm without abandoning the definition of what full-time employment is. It is a matter of debate that this young
generationseems less able to deal with stress than previous
generations. That's true. and that is why they are very good at presenting a confidence that they do not have, they sound, they sound as if they have all the answers, when they do not have them, the question arises is that bad, the grass is always greener, you have people who go from relationship to relationship in relationship worse from job to job to job to job and when I was younger you know that if you didn't like your job or if you didn't like your boss, the bad news was that you had to stay there for a while. year because if you left in less than a year it would hurt your resume, they would say why you left in less than a year, you know, and now you're young again, particularly young people, there's no, um, there's no stigma to quitting. smoking, and it happens sometimes. too quickly, like you're avoiding confrontation and I've seen it happen.
I'm too afraid to ask my boss for a raise, so I just quit. I've seen it happen either or um I've been here for four. months I don't like the culture I quit either or I got in trouble at work I hate my boss I quit and that's why people are quitting both my fear my fear like I don't care if something is super toxic get out of there, most places are not super toxic, imperfect, yes, but toxicity is like there is a standard, you know, and it's a high bar and um uh or this doesn't fit my values or this doesn't agree with my politics, I leave my fear is that if we go forward five years, there will be a disproportionately high number of people who will have eight jobs in five years and what will happen is that an employer will look at them as if they can't take the risk that you are going to stay, I'm not going to hire you, you sound like an amazing candidate, but you're too high a risk for me or or, and because you've had so many jobs in such a short period of time, you haven't actually stayed long enough to develop a skill set or you don't know what it's like to ride a storm because you stayed in the good times and left the bad, so you've been in the workforce for five years now. but you don't have five years of work experience, you have four months of work experience, so I don't love you either because you've never been through a battle, you know? and I and I see it.
What's happening, a young person who's been at a company for eight months, goes to their boss and says, I want a raise, I want a significant raise because I'm doing the same job as those people, those people have been in the workforce for 10. years, I know, but I'm doing the same job as them and I'm doing a good job, that's true, you're doing the same job as them and you're doing a good job, the difference is that I don't pay them just because they indirectly I have been in the workforce for 10 years, I pay them because you know how to raise a mainsail in calm water and you can raise a mainsail in calm water, just as they can raise a mainsail and give calm orders, the difference is that They too do not always sail in a storm.
I don't know if you can always sail in a storm. I pay them more because I know that if we run into tough times, I know they know what to do and I can trust that we can sail and I also know that they will teach you how to raise a mainsail in a storm. It's the same reason I buy insurance. I don't expect my house to burn down, but I pay in case I pay them more. a set of skills that I hope they never have to use, that's why they acquire more of them. You know, one of my fears right now, which is perfectly related.
What you're saying is that I have a fear and I've never expressed it openly, so this is the first time, so don't all come for me at once. I'm afraid that generation z is the least resilient generation I've ever seen and a lot of that, and this sounds so stupid and not evidence based, but yeah Look what the ticking is telling this generation that It's work and there was a video that went viral on Twitter the other day in Silicon Valley showing, as an employer from Facebook, one of the big tech companies coming to work in the morning. she has a latte all these free muffins she goes everyone has the free muffin she shows up in a tick tock literally doing like 30 seconds of work then she goes out to do something like a pottery class that work I've given her she goes back to the desk Yeah he doesn't have 30 seconds of work, so he goes to a work social gathering and I reflect on the storms my father went through at work and I know so deep down inside that there is no way some of these younger people can weather them.
Such a storm without quitting, reporting, making a long post on LinkedIn criticizing your employee, then quitting the employer, then quitting, and I just fear that generation Z when, when I hire people who are in that generation, I almost need to go to a extra length just to check that they can cope with a high intensity culture where lawsuits can come up on a Saturday because the world doesn't stop on Saturdays and Sundays so I wanted to get your take on that so let's look at both sides properly. Let's think again what the balance is and what the costs are.
Well, it's a generation that was already starting to ask these questions, but greed forced the rest of us to ask these questions too. What is the correct definition of work? What does a full-time job mean? These are unanswered questions, so I don't have an answer as to what the future of work is because right now everything is changing and things haven't landed well yet. What is the definition of a full-time job if I don't come to work? The definition used to be: I come in at eight or nine and leave at five or six, that was the full-time job now, how much work did I do? between those hours you know it was face to face time and we know this because we've all had jobs where we stayed until seven so we had face to face moments that our bus liked us we've all done well but face time is not a There is nothing anymore so I have a full time job and I was offered another full time job and I accepted it and we have seen this as employees who like to have productivity problems and then They say they are sold out. and since I know how much work you have, you shouldn't be exhausted, how do they have a second job and why shouldn't they have a second job?
Well, we pay them benefits, so as long as they get their job. Fact, do we care when all the people have side jobs, even the people who have full time come to work? Everyone has some kind of side job, so the definition of what full-time employment is is up for debate and I think young people in particular feel like why shouldn't they? It is my moment. I can do whatever I want with it or I only work 40 hours because those are my limits. Respect my limits, right? um and uh, the problem is that I think everyone is so literal that yes, boundaries are important, but the edges of boundaries are blurry, right, and it's not that I don't work on Saturdays, well, I agree with you, no.
I want you to work on weekends, this weekend I really need it. your help to finish this project so we can get it out the door or do you know it's just me, I don't accept meetings after five o'clock, I agree with you, I think we should have that balance in life, but today I just need you work until six to finish this project and recognize that you know so one of the things they're doing right is we're married to work and we take our phones on vacation, you know, we take our computers on vacation. . us and that work has the final say on our time, I agree that we should, we should, we should go the way of the dodo, but the bottom line is not to put these hard lines everywhere and say I don't do this as an aside, the irony is You know, they demand that we respect their boundaries and yet they seem to cross all other boundaries by providing emotional professionalism at work and leaving all my problems in the hands of my colleagues, which is emotionally unprofessional, it's like it's a limit you cannot cross. um uh, but there's good evidence in your claim that this young generation seems less able to deal with stress than older generations, that's true, they're good at healing, you know, they've grown up on an Instagram facebook, you know, the world tiktok where i am.
I am very good at showing you the life that I want you to think I lead and that is why they are very good at presenting a confidence that they do not have. They sound like they have all the answers when they don't. but then I see you presenting that to me live if you're a fellow Gen Zer, yeah, and I go, what are my things? My life is stressful and difficult and I had to work really late and you're drinking a frappucci lotto latte whatever yeah at 3am taking pottery lessons I need to quit yeah it begs the question what do you want out of your life and what you want from your job, for example, why do you have this job?
You know, if it's just to pay the bills, I mean, I hope. I know that's the case for a lot of people, that I have to have a job to pay the bills and I hope employers are good enough that even survival jobs are a good place to work. You know, the big Trader Joe's company, where people who have survival jobs are still a good place to work, you know? But I think the question is what is the life that you're trying to build and do you want a job just to pay your bills and you know there's this concept of quietly quitting.
I heard this, quietly quitting, I heard this term, but maybe I heard you talk about it, well, I mean, it's been written about that, um, it's not my concept, um, but quietly quitting is something I don't give up on. job. but basically I will reduce my effort and give you the minimum to pay me to do this job and I will do the basic minimum amount to do the job where you can't really fire me because I'm not actually doing anything wrong. or bad, but I'm also not going to go any further, so there is this concept of silent resignation where people come to work and just do the minimum, do their hours, do their job, don't volunteer, don't pick up the slack. hand or go. and that's it and the question arises is how bad
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