Gen Z receives a lot of flack from older generations. Some of it has a basis, but like any other generation, much of it is based purely on stereotypes. Here are 11 common tropes about Gen Z that are little more than falsehood.
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All They Do is Job Hop
A common misconception about Gen Z is that all they do is job hop. Recent studies reveal that this is largely not the case.
In fact, Fortune reports that Gen Z was 35 percent likely to leave jobs during the Big Quit of 2022 and 2023. Millennials were close behind at 31 percent. While ahead of millennials, it’s not head and shoulders ahead of them.
They Won’t Do the Hard Work
Gen Z is often stereotyped as being unwilling to do hard work. Grunt work isn’t glamorous, but that doesn’t mean all in Gen Z are averse to doing the work necessary to get the job done.
Most Gen Z workers value loyalty, like other generations. They just want to know there’s a purpose in the work.
They Need Work to Be Fun
An easy trope to lob at Gen Z is work must be fun for them, as if it’s unreasonable to expect work to be somewhat engaging.
That’s a common feeling across generations and not one that’s far to pin blame on Gen Z alone.
They Don’t Care About Climbing The Career Ladder
Many people paint Gen Z as aimless workers not interested in furthering their careers. This is another stereotype that is often unfounded.
According to CNBC, a recent study shows that 70 percent want to reach the C-suite level in their career. While certainly not everyone will, it does reveal ambition.
Gen Z Doesn’t Respect Their Elders
Talk to many older individuals and they may tell you that Gen Z doesn’t respect their elders. While this may be true on some individual level, it’s a broad stereotype.
Reports indicate Gen Z is incredibly close to their parents and respect those they work with. The difference is they want to be treated equally. There’s nothing wrong with that.
They’re All Far Left Politically
If you listen to the media, you might believe that Gen Z is an unshakable block of far-left-leaning liberals. Yes, many in Gen Z lean left on some social issues. They’re not all liberals.
For example, NPR recently cited a SocialSphere survey that reveals only 30 percent of Gen Z aligns with Democrats. It further cites that 24 percent vote Republican, with 28 percent identifying as Independent. There’s a lot of opportunity there for both parties.
They’re Too Self-Focused
It’s an easy trope to claim that Gen Z is too self-absorbed. We see it on social media, so it must be true. This is merely another stereotype.
Yes, some in Gen Z are too self-focused. The same can be said of other generations. That doesn’t make Gen Z unique. It makes them the same as the rest of us.
They Don’t Vote
For years, it has been heard that political parties need to get out the youth vote. Combined with the belief that Gen Z doesn’t care about anything beyond themselves, it’s easy to stereotype that Gen Z doesn’t vote.
This is another falsehood. Reports show that Gen Z voted at a higher rate in 2022 than previous generations for their first midterm opportunity. The numbers were historic and only slightly ahead of what they did in 2018.
So, Gen Z does vote.
They’re Too Sensitive
It’s easy to mistake experiencing depression or anxiety as being “too sensitive.” One could argue that mental health is not a taboo topic in society.
Experiencing depression isn’t being too sensitive. It takes strength to pursue improved mental health.
They Hate Working in an Office
Another common trope is Gen Z wants to do all they can to avoid working in an office. Studies show that’s simply not the case.
Surveys show only ten percent of Gen Z employees only want to work from home. A far greater number value a hybrid situation.
Gen Z Hates Feedback
It’s easy to assume that Gen Z doesn’t value feedback. However, that’s another myth.
A report from INC reveals over 65 percent of Gen Z employees regularly want feedback – to the tune of over 65 percent. The next closest generation is millennials, and less than half want regular feedback.
Phrases We Can’t Use Anymore, Thanks to Gen Z
Language changes over time. Add that to the increased sensitivity of Gen Z, and there are sayings we can’t use anymore. Here are 12 phrases that Gen Z has deemed need to go away.
14 Things Only Gen X Remembers
Gen X often gets forgotten between the fighting between boomers and Gen Z. But we’re still here. Here are 14 things only Gen X remembers with fondness.
15 Boomer Phrases That Make Gen Z and Millennials Cringe
OIder generations love to share wisdom, but sometimes it goes too far. Here are 15 boomer statements that need to stop already
10 Things Saying Farewell With Baby Boomers
We all cling to things, but sometimes they go away regardless of what we want. Here are ten things that are fading away with the boomers.
Trends Millennials Are Rejecting
Every generation is unique, and they often blame the one before them. Here are ten Boomer trends Millennials are rejecting in droves.
I’m John Schmoll, a former stockbroker, MBA-grad, published finance writer, and founder of Frugal Rules.
As a veteran of the financial services industry, I’ve worked as a mutual fund administrator, banker, and stockbroker and was Series 7 and 63-licensed, but I left all that behind in 2012 to help people learn how to manage their money.
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