Employment & Career
- Jan 16 2020
College admissions officers are watching applicants’ social profiles.
College admissions officers are watching applicants’ social profiles. According to Kaplan Test Prep, 36% of officers looked at applicants’ profiles on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube to learn more about them—up from 25% last year. The trend is currently on an upswing, despite having been on the decline three years prior. While Kaplan’s director warns students to “remain careful and strategic” about what they share online, 70% of applicants report being OK with colleges viewing their profiles. (Adweek)
- Jan 15 2020
“Techlash” is growing among college students who no longer want to work in Big Tech.
“Techlash” is growing among college students who no longer want to work in Big Tech. A decade ago, a job at a corporate tech company was the dream for many recent grads. But over time, as Facebook and Amazon have become entangled in user data and labor scandals, young employees are not as googly-eyed for companies like Google. According to one expert, the “techlash” trend started with Millennials, “but now Gen Z-ers are getting educated because they want to do good in the world.” But YPulse research still shows that tech companies, including Apple, Google, and Amazon, top the lists of companies that 13-36-year-olds want to work for. (NYTimes)
- Nov 26 2019
Gen Z and Millennial workers want better benefits, not just money.
Gen Z and Millennial workers want better benefits, not just money. A study shows that while salary is an influential decision in accepting a new job, 60% of young workers said they would take a 10% pay cut in return for better benefits, including retirement and health insurance. The majority of young employees also report staying at a job longer than they wanted because it provided good benefits. (InsuranceNewsNet)
- Nov 21 2019
Secret Santa is reportedly triggering anxiety for Millennials at work—and 35% want it banned.
Secret Santa is reportedly triggering anxiety for Millennials at work—and 35% want it banned. A new Jobsite study found 78% of 23-28-year-old employees in the U.K. say they have contributed “more than they should” to an office celebration, with 26% admitting to using savings or overdrafting their accounts to finance a gift. Some report feeling judged by colleagues based on the gift they got—which may be a result of being around social media and constant criticism. (Washington Examiner)
- Nov 18 2019
They’ve been accused of digital addiction, but what Gen Z workers want is more facetime and feedback.
They’ve been accused of digital addiction, but what Gen Z workers want is more facetime and feedback. According to a SurveyNow report, 83% 18-22-year-old employees prefer to interact with their managers in-person, and 57% admit that they want to receive feedback several times a week—which could be a result of the constant “likes” they are used to on social media. However, the data revealed a disconnect in perception of young workers, with 83% of managers believing their Gen Z employees want to communicate via instant message. (Ladders)
- Nov 15 2019
Millennials are more likely to say they’ve seen discrimination at work.
Millennials are more likely to say they’ve seen discrimination at work. A new survey by Glassdoor and Harris Poll found 52% of 18-34-year-olds report witnessing or experiencing workplace discrimination, compared to 33% of workers over 55. Millennials are more likely than older generations to say they have seen or been victims of ageism, gender discrimination, racism, and LGBTQ discrimination. HR harassment complaints are also reportedly increasing, likely because of young workers’ increased awareness of inappropriate behavior. (WSJ)
- Oct 09 2019
Today’s teens are too busy with school to have a job.
Today’s teens are too busy with school to have a job. Teen participation in the labor force has declined steeply, with a high of 60% in 1979 to just 35% of 16-19-year-olds today. (And just 15% of 13-17-year-olds, according to YPulse’s finance and spending survey.) The reality is that there’s less time for young student to balance both school and a job, with demands of homework and extracurriculars increasing. Those demands now often include summer programs at school, which are prioritized over summer jobs for many. (CNBC)
- Oct 09 2019
Half of Millennials have left a job for mental health reasons, according to one study.
Half of Millennials have left a job for mental health reasons, according to one study. This generation is far more likely than older workers to leave a job for mental health reasons, indicating a “generational shift in awareness” about mental wellness. Blue Cross Blue Shield reports that major depression diagnoses among Millennials have increased 47% since 2013, and YPulse data shows that 94% of 13-34-year-olds agree taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. (Business Insider)
- Sep 19 2019
Millennial employees are ushering in an era of flexible work policies.
Millennial employees are ushering in an era of flexible work policies. While YPulse research shows that young workers are prioritizing practical perks over ping pong tables, some are accepting flexible hours as a trade-off for smaller salaries. Sabbaticals, work from home days, remote working, and gracious PTO packages are becoming the norm as young people prioritize their time and experiences over the hours they clock in at their desks. The switch could make the workplace more diverse by becoming a better place for pregnant women and parents. (NYT)
- Sep 11 2019
Astrology is the Myers-Briggs test of the Millennial workplace.
Astrology is the Myers-Briggs test of the Millennial workplace. Girlboss’s LinkedIn community encourages members to include their sign on their profiles and provides work-focused readings, while Helpr’s founder says, “If an interview has gone well…it wouldn’t be unreasonable for us to ask…‘No pressure, but what’s your sign?’” At the individual level, more employees are starting Slack channels to talk about stars, and signs and some are even getting creative by forming “covens” of coworkers with shared interests in Practical Magic. (Fast Company)