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Gen Z's Work Paradox - Flexibility vs Career Growth

A recent study by Jabra reveals a unique paradox within the Gen Z workforce around the world, challenging traditional views on work and career development.

As part of a global survey, Jabra examined the attitudes of 4,473 individuals from various generations, focusing particularly on Generation Z.

The findings show that 52% of Gen Z workers experience stress and symptoms of burnout, yet they report higher job satisfaction compared to other generations.

Surprisingly, 74% see job changing as a key to career advancement, and 43% prioritise career over personal life.

Gen Z's entrance into the workforce coincides with the rise of hybrid working models, aligning with their digital-native upbringing.

Flexibility is a major factor for Gen Z when choosing a job, overshadowing salary concerns. This generation, making up a significant portion of the global workforce, seeks a balance between career growth, personal life, and flexibility.

However, Gen Z faces several paradoxes in their work life. Despite expressing job satisfaction, many are open to changing jobs within a year, hinting at the influence of the "quiet quitting" trend.

They also grapple with achieving a blend of career development, work-life balance, and flexibility, a challenge that previous generations have also encountered.

In terms of workplace connections, Gen Z prefers digital communication over face-to-face interactions, reflecting their comfort with technology. Yet, they value face-to-face time for feeling connected with colleagues and managers.

This digital preference also influences their perceptions of managerial qualities, favouring empathy and soft skills over experience.

The study underlines the importance for leaders to understand these evolving attitudes and values to unlock the full collaborative potential of their workforce.

As younger employees enter management roles, a shift in skills and management styles is expected.

At De Lacy Executive Recruitment we recommend to companies that they begin the process of adapting to these generational differences, equipping young employees with the necessary tools for maximizing wellbeing and productivity will be crucial for long-term success.

These findings offer a glimpse into the future workforce, highlighting the need for adaptable, flexible, and empathetic workplace environments to cater to the unique needs and expectations of Gen Z.

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