As an old Gen Z myself, I think I’m in a good place to tell you what Gen Z aesthetics is and looks like. It refers to anyone that was born after 1997 and before 2012. As someone born in 1999, I would be part of the older Gen Z. As someone who has been working since they were 16, let me tell you that my generation is not afraid to leave a job if they don’t vibe with it or if their beliefs do not align with theirs.
More and more, Gen Z is taking over the workplace as we get old enough to have one, and we are making some impressive waves in the world. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the ways Gen Z is changing the world for the better.
Like any generation before and after, Gen Z is not a homogeneous group, and this is something we need to remind ourselves. According to PEW Research Center, Gen Zers were born between 1997 to 2012, and they have natural chemistry with technology and the internet as we grew up alongside it.
According to another study by PEW Research, we are also on track to being the best-educated generation based on our educational pursuit. We are also the most racially and ethnically diverse among the other generations. According to WEF or World Economic Forum, by 2025, we will constitute about 27% of the workforce in OECD countries.
2. Diversity, equity and inclusion
As a whole, we come from different backgrounds and have been exposed to different perspectives and settings, which has contributed to how we think and shaped who we are as individuals. We want to see ourselves represented in the workplace. According to a survey conducted by Monster.com, 83% of Gen Z candidates consider an employer’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. We are all about coming together regardless of one’s gender, race, identity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and perspectives and views.
Thanks to social media, we are aware and immersed in societal issues, and this has shaped our mindset; we rally for causes and mobilize social movements because we want to change. Most of the time, equity works hand in hand with diversity and inclusion by levelling the playing field. A company would support its employee’s professional growth through promotions and clear career paths. Most of us Gen Zers are interested in joining companies that will challenge us and improve our skills.
3. It’s more than the paycheck
Like everyone who doesn’t hail from affluent families, most Gen Zers are concerned about their finances, but with the advent of the pandemic and the pummeling of the economy, now more than ever, we care about balancing our paycheck alongside our happiness and growth. Having said this, even though we are less focused on salary, it doesn’t mean that we don’t strive for good compensation.
Two sure-fire ways to get Gen Z to quit their job is when the job becomes too dull for them or when it is too much that they feel that they are nearing burnout. Some of them think that Gen Zers are obsessed with and love tech, fashion, food, gaming, personal finance and even fitness.
One piece of advice we give everyone is to set boundaries and not overwork yourself for a company that won’t pay you what you’re worth. If this is your first job, you work primarily for the experience. If that’s the case, bite the bullet until you have enough experience to get a better-paying job. And if you feel undervalued in your current job, you should look for another one, because there are plenty of fish in the sea.
Think of your jobs, or any job, as stepping stones to where you want to go in life, and there is nothing wrong with that. Most jobs and employers don’t care about you and would replace you with a robot; the second, it becomes cheap enough. The loyalty and logic that you must stay with a company until you are 60 or until you retire, even if you hate the job, is unhealthy and a ridiculous standard.
Communicate your value and know what you are worth. Then ask for twice as much because people will always pay you less than you are worth! Quit as often as you need to, and don’t sacrifice your value, creativity, and especially not your sanity for a low-paying job that doesn’t value you. The purpose of work is to create a better life for yourself and get ahead, and that may seem like a very Gen Z view of employment, but at the end of the day, it’s a reality.
You have to do whatever you can to move forward in life and if that means quitting a job, then go for it. Let us know in the comments section below, and let us know what you want to read next, and if you want more tips about Gen Z. I will end this blog with a quote from Coleridge:
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”