Kathleen Martin

Well-known member
Mar 16, 2020
Lexington, Kentucky
The hybrid work revolution. The Great Resignation. Quiet quitting. For the past two years, the employee experience (EX) has continued to make headlines as employees across industries adapt to new ways of working. And while chatter may have us thinking the youngest generation entering the workforce is vastly different from others—uninterested in work as we’ve known it, and perhaps less ambitious than their predecessors—that’s not exactly true.
What is true is that ambition is here to stay. But Gen Z has a new philosophy for climbing the corporate ladder.
To better understand generational differences and similarities among the workforce, United Minds, in partnership with KRC Research, recently surveyed over 1,000 employees in the U.S., from Gen Z through Boomers. And contrary to the general perception, we found that Gen Z is twice as likely than Gen X to want to be CEO, but more than half want to take that C-suite role from the couch (at least most of the time) and a significant proportion of Gen Z doesn’t intend to burn the midnight oil in their pursuit. 
So what does this mean for the future of work? Let’s take a closer look at the numbers to find out.
No matter what age, research shows that the shuffle to change jobs is driven primarily by opportunity and money. In fact, despite their reputation as the purpose-driven generation, 65% of Gen Z would rather do less meaningful work for more money than more meaningful work for less money. This compares to 62% of Millennials, 64% of Gen X, and 55% of Boomers.
What is particularly different, however, is that Gen Z has ambitions that the COVID-19 pandemic and shifting ways of working have not squashed. And they seemingly have a different path to getting there.
Gen Z is both the most likely generation to be angling for the C-sSuite (38% prefer to be the CEO of a company versus 31% of Millennials, 18% of Gen X, and 21% of Boomers) as well as the most likely generation to say they will only do what they are paid for and not more (39%). By comparison, their Gen X parents and Boomer grandparents are much more likely to say they will “go above and beyond.”
Will Gen Z be able to realize their ambitions? Maybe.
Perhaps the unwillingness to go beyond what’s expected is in part due to their current job satisfaction. Gen Z is much more likely to report getting a raw deal, with 65% seeing the gap between what they want at work and what they actually get as significant (47%) or even insurmountable (18%), whereas Boomers see the gap as manageable (63%).
OR . . . … could Gen Z be the generation to finally reshape the future of work for good?
Gen- Zers seem the most clear-eyed about the likelihood of needing to work hard as their careers progress: 41% expect that the future of work is “more work,” compared to Gen X (31%) and Bboomers (22%). A large proportion of this youngest working generation would also pick a higher title or a unique professional development opportunity over an extra week of vacation versus Gen X and Bboomers, a majority of whom would take the extra week. 
Continue reading: https://www.fastcompany.com/90793814/gen-z-has-a-new-pathway-to-the-corner-office


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