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Gen Z, the New Kids on the Block at Work: Who and What are they?

“These Gen Z kids have no work ethic. They're always glued to their phones and seem more interested in social media than actually getting work done.” 

“They can't handle failure or criticism and often give up too easily when faced with challenges.” 

“It's refreshing to see how Gen Z values work-life balance. Their commitment to self-care reminds us all to prioritize our well-being” 

Does it ring a bell? - Yes, we have all been there, said or heard it, so I thought why not decode Gen Z for all the readers! 

Gen Z, AKA the Generation Z (pronounced Zee) are those born between 1997 and 2012, are shaking up the workplace scene as more of them step into professional arenas. In a recent survey by, a whopping 74% of managers and business leaders admitted finding Gen Z a bit tricky to work with compared to other generations. The World Economic Forum predicts that by 2025, Gen Z will make up over a quarter of the workforce. 

Now, let's clear up some confusion. Yes, while they do appreciate a decent paycheck, Gen Z isn't solely fixated on money. They're more interested in jobs where they can make a difference, find purpose, and add value. Work is just one piece of their life puzzle, not the whole picture like it might have been for older generations. 

But let's be real. Many professionals out there are scratching their heads, trying to understand these new kids on the block. If you're feeling like Gen Z is speaking a different language, fear not. Let's decode some of their viral workplace trends together because how can you solve a puzzle if you don't understand the pieces? 

The Lazy Girl Job Trend: Have you heard of it? It's all about Gen Z opting for less stressful gigs with better pay and benefits. Forget climbing the corporate ladder; they're more into cozy, less demanding roles that still bring in the cash. It's all about that sweet work-life balance and focusing on personal goals rather than just punching the clock. 

Snail-Girl Era: Where women prioritize self-care and happiness over relentless career climbing. They're hitting pause on the hustle culture and learning to slow down. 

Oh! The Monday Blues: If you are wondering who can forget them? Enter Bare Minimum Mondays, a trend where folks like Marisa Jo Mayes prefer to take it easy at the start of the week, focusing on self-compassion rather than productivity. It's all about finding a new perspective on work. 

Managing Up: ?It’s not all slacking off. Managing Up is the art of keeping your boss happy to ensure a smoother work-life balance.? 

Boreout: Ever had those days where you're just twiddling your thumbs, daydreaming at your desk, wishing for something—anything—to do? That's what we call "boreout." It's when you're stuck with mind-numbing tasks that leave you feeling uninspired and unmotivated. And let me tell you, it's a real morale killer. 

The Trend of the year, “Quiet Quitting." It's like going through the motions without any of the passion or drive. Gen Z is saying no to the whole hustle-and-bustle culture that expects us to sacrifice everything for the sake of climbing the career ladder. We're all about work-life balance and doing just what's necessary to get by—no more, no less. Because let's face it, sometimes less is more. 

Now, let's dive into the psychology behind these trends.? 

  • For Gen Z, Maslow's basic needs like security and financial stability aren't the top concerns anymore.? 

  • They've seen how quickly things can change, especially after the pandemic, and now prioritize mental health and holistic well-being. 

And now to THE QUESTION: what are Gen Z looking for in a job?? 

  • Good culture, authenticity, connection, quick results, meaning, purpose, flexibility, and diversity, equity, and inclusion top their list.? 

  • They want a workplace that embraces their uniqueness and allows them to grow while making a difference in the world. 

If you're a Gen Z, does any of this sound familiar? Share what resonates with you with your colleagues and bosses.? 

And if you're from another generation, remember, every new wave of workers brings its own quirks. So let's embrace our differences and work together to make the workplace better for everyone. 

About the Author

Revathi is a Counseling Psychologist and International Career Coach (NCDA, USA certified Certified Career Service Provider) with over four years of experience in mental health and wellness counseling, training, and education. Having conducted over 600+ hours of adult individual counseling sessions, she specializes in intrapersonal, career, and relationship domains. Revathi has delivered 20+ training sessions in Mental Health and Wellness and is a fervent believer in preventive mental health. Her mission is to make mental health accessible and affordable, overcoming stigma and unawareness. 

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