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Are Gen Z Easy Quitters Compared To Boomers "Who Had It Harder"?

It all boils down to the behavioral differences between Generation Z and Boomers.
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If you've ever complained about something to your parents, chances are, they would probably tell you a story about the days of their youth and how different it is from the current generation's day-to-day experiences. They would often be saying, "Noong panahon namin, ganito... ganiyan..." and expect you to just be thankful you're not suffering as much as they did when they were your age. 

It is true that the digital era has made life, in many aspects, so much easier for the younger generations compared to those that came before them. But does that mean that Generation Z, and even Millennials for that matter, have it any less harder than their parents? When they complain about something, does it make them easy quitters? A deeper look at Gen Z traits, especially in the workplace, might help us understand the generation from a different perspective.

Gen Z won't settle for less

Gen Z have only recently entered the workforce, but there are already plenty of research that describe their outlook about their careers. While most people view it as "giving up easily," it's more accurate to say that the younger generation is just less likely to stick to something that does not align with their values, as demonstrated by literature.

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According to a study by Holly Schroth from the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business, Gen Z value what is called the psychological contract, aka the expectations of managers from employees, and vice versa. This includes what Gen Z employees expect from their bosses, and meeting these expectations is important in seeing satisfactory results in the employee's performance and commitment. According to the study, Gen Z expect a positive attitude and clear targets from their manager the most. Of course, these two aren't the only things Gen Z value in a company, and studies show that they're not afraid to leave if these values and needs aren't met.

In a study conducted by ThriveMap, a pre-hire assessment firm, 73 percent of Gen Z responders have left their jobs because it wasn't what they were made to expect. Another study by the Harvard Business Review show that mental health is an important topic to address in the workplace, and Gen Z are more likely to walk if this is not valued in the company they work for. A whopping 75 percent of the Gen Z responders have actually resigned from jobs for mental health reasons.

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Baby Boomers vs. Generation Z

It all boils down to the behavioral differences between Generation Z and Boomers, and the disparities between them are pretty apparent.

The Baby Boomer Generation, often described as self-sufficient and committed, might be more likely to accept unjust treatment and see it as going through the wringer to achieve success, which is often seen as being "resilient."

The independent and tech-savvy Generation Z, on the other hand, have a clearer vision of their goals and values in life, and if they find themselves in an environment that does not promote these values, then they are more likely to use their resources to seek different circumstances that will accept and respect their values.

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