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Gen Z is uprooting traditional work culture as we know it—for the better.

Oct 29 2021

Gen Z is uprooting traditional work culture as we know it—for the better. The pandemic influenced young workers to reexamine their careers, and Gen Z is hitting the “reset” button when it comes to their jobs, demanding workplaces push traditional boundaries by listening to the social causes they’re championing and putting workers’ human needs first. Co-founder of Hangar Technology, Colin Guinn, sums it up best: “These younger generations are cracking the code and they’re like, ‘Hey guys turns out we don’t have to do it like these old people tell us we have to do it,’” and entry-level workers (i.e. Gen Z and young Millennials) are starting to candidly ask their higher ups about things like paid time off for period cramps and mental health struggles, more flexible work hours, and even delegating tasks to them. And while each “youngest” generation attempts to repaint culture (when Millennials did it they were dubbed the “me” generation), the difference this time is that managers are starting to listen, and ignoring young workers isn’t an option anymore as the world actively works toward becoming a more informed society in the wake of a pandemic and racial reckoning. In fact, some executives are welcoming Gen Z’s unique perspective: Andy Dunn (CEO and Co-Founder of Bonobos) hired a Gen Zer to proofread a draft of a book he’s writing, asking them to flag any potentially insensitive language—they left 1,100 comments after reading. Meanwhile, after Gen Z workers called on Polly Rodriquez, co-founder of sexual wellness brand Unbound, following BLM protests in 2020 to see how the brand was responding to the events, Rodriguez worked with her team to hire a diversity, equity, and inclusion firm to offer employee trainings and raise funds for sex workers of color. YPulse’s What’s Next for Work trend research shows that unhealthy work / life balance and not practicing diversity and inclusion are among the top reasons Gen Z and Millennials would leave their jobs, and listening to their perspectives is more important than ever for retaining young talent. (NYT)