Generation Z get agitated :-)

The Forum Corporation recently published ‘The Next Generation of Workers’ report, a study focused on Generation Z! Some 1,000 workers aged between 16 and 22, born in the 90s and 2000s were surveyed to find out what most irritated them about their boss.

This survey was completed from the perspective of: what irritates Gen Z most about a boss. Basically, if you have a bad boss and you are likely to leave a job.
The top 6 most annoying traits of your boss (reverse order):

6. Not training staff enough
5. The expectation that work should be put before all else
4. Taking the credit for someone else’s work
3. Feeling Underappreciated
2. Lack of Clarity
1. Office Gossip – namely lies and gossip spread by the boss (!)

That said, it wasn’t a total one way street; it was also noted that boss’s also had their own issues with Gen Z employees.

An article on ‘Business Insider UK’ quoted management observations of Generation Z employees included:

‘Some 26% of bosses are worried by Gen-Zs apparent ‘inadequate face-to-face communications’ with a further 30% ‘worried about their resistance to being told what to do and ‘thinking they know it all.’

In the same study, Forum found out that 14% ‘dislike 9 to 5.30 office based routines’, and 27% ‘hate being told what to do, or having to follow instructions.’

A lot can be learnt from this report; in a market place where unemployment is low and the employee has the opportunity to move jobs easily, employers need to take heed to the Generation Z gripes and act to retain the talent of the future.

The above article quoted in this blog can be seen at:

*All comments are based on my personal experiences and given freely. That said, you need to make your own choices. I can’t and won’t accept liability for you employing any recommendations. Business is all about risk. It’s your choice.

Nigel stone has, over the last fifteen years, started, led, consulted and nurtured both UK and European businesses to achieve quite outstanding results. please feel free to drop me an email at




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