Closely Related Episode 7: Supervising Gen Z- Part 1
The hosts dive into the challenges of being young at work and managing new grads.
In this episode, we start a two part series on managing young people in the workplace. This week’s letter writer describes the differences he’s noticed between himself and his younger colleagues who are part of Gen Z. He wonders if the younger generation has a different work ethic than his older colleagues.
We talk about how hard it was to adapt to the workplace after college. Many offices have a culture with unexplained rules, and we certainly made some faux pas along the way. In addition, some of our superiors assumed we weren’t competent because of our age.
To help answer the questions in the letter, we give an overview of the research on Gen Z, which includes everyone who’s 9-26. We discuss how their preferences can be different than millennials, Gen X, and Boomers. But not every difference is generational. We dissect the letter and discuss which issues can be chalked up to the individual, being inexperienced, or organization dynamics.
To listen to the episode go to closelyrelatedpodcast.com. Closely Related is an advice podcast hosted by identical twins. Hannah Strom is a therapist that specializes in sex and relationships and Samantha Strom is a career and leadership coach. Listeners write in questions about love, work, and everything in between.