The 37-Year-Olds Are Afraid of the 23-Year-Olds Who Work for Them

The New York Times (NYT) (10/28/2021)
  • Millennial office managers and startup founders are struggling to understand the mindsets and motivations of Gen-Z (born after 1997) workers.
  • While older generations complained about millennials pushing for work-life balance and office perks, millennials are surprised by Gen-Z workers scoffing at staying at work longer than necessary and requesting mental health days off.
  • Many Gen-Z workers also feel comfortable delegating tasks and responsibilities to their managers.
  • Gen-Z workers also pressure their employers to take public political stances (eg publicly supporting Black Lives Matter).