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|4 Jun|5 mins

Will Generation Z Phase Out the Full-Time Job?

Work-life balance is something we still trying to pull off, but Gen Z has a plan.
Nicole Haddow
4 Jun
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It’s easy to tap out a quick email, check your Instagram, take a call, shoot off a text and Google the location of your next meeting using nothing but the device in your hand. So it’s it odd that we’re still expected to show up in the office at the specified time for about 40 hours a week.

The problem is, work doesn’t end when we walk out the door at the end of the day. Emails continue to drop well into the evening, technology has made way for flexible work hours, but in reality, we’re working more, rather than using digital progress to our advantage.

Millennials have made some headway in a workforce burdened with 24-7 connectivity. But there’s still much to be done. In 2019, Buzzfeed writer Anne Helen Petersen described the way the millennial generation is experiencing burnout, crippled with anxiety over the simplest tasks, partly because it’s impossible to switch off.

Advice
|4 Jun|5 mins

Will Generation Z Phase Out the Full-Time Job?

Work-life balance is something we still trying to pull off, but Gen Z has a plan.
Nicole Haddow
4 Jun
Share:

It’s easy to tap out a quick email, check your Instagram, take a call, shoot off a text and Google the location of your next meeting using nothing but the device in your hand. So it’s it odd that we’re still expected to show up in the office at the specified time for about 40 hours a week.

The problem is, work doesn’t end when we walk out the door at the end of the day. Emails continue to drop well into the evening, technology has made way for flexible work hours, but in reality, we’re working more, rather than using digital progress to our advantage.

Millennials have made some headway in a workforce burdened with 24-7 connectivity. But there’s still much to be done. In 2019, Buzzfeed writer Anne Helen Petersen described the way the millennial generation is experiencing burnout, crippled with anxiety over the simplest tasks, partly because it’s impossible to switch off.

Employing the services of Gen Z

But members of Generation Z – born between approximately 1995 and 2009 – have been sitting back watching this play out and patiently waiting their turn to influence the way we do business. They’re beginning to enter the workforce in large numbers, and they’re determined to work smarter. Having grown up in an always-on digital environment, they’ve learned how to set their own digital boundaries and they’re bringing that approach to employment.
Work-life balance is something many of us are still trying to pull off successfully, but Gen Z has a plan.
According to the Australian YouthSense After the ATAR report, respondents said flexibility was a key priority, with 73 per cent saying good work-life balance was a key measure of success. While millennials advocated for it, older generations remained sceptical about its effectiveness.

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Making work a human experience

By the time Gen Z is reporting to millennial management in large numbers, flexible work is likely to be far more acceptable. Participating in the gig economy – taking on temporary roles and contracting for shorter periods – is the new normal for teenage and 20-something Gen Z Australians, which has contributed to a move away from the full-time work week. Many are predicted to work in it not just because they have to, but because the want to. A recent Deloitte survey showed 74 per cent would consider joining the gig economy.
The growing number of freelancers and contractors will make flexibility inevitable and the smartest companies are already embracing this, realising it allows for increased agility in business, too.
Seen the meme that says, ‘This meeting should have been an email?’ Expect Gen Z to make it a mantra. That’s not to say an entire generation will work from home or in cafes, but that they’ll strive to make the required face-to-face time more meaningful.
Gen Z wants to get things done, just don’t expect it to happen during traditional business hours.  

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When there's no office dress code.

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