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Hiring Managers Skeptical Over Hiring Gen Zers

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, in recent years, there has been a growing perception that Gen Z presents unique challenges in the workplace.

To find out how this perception of Gen Z may be impacting hiring, in January, surveyed 782 U.S. workers who hire for entry-level positions.

Key findings:

  • 31% of hiring managers say they avoid hiring Gen Zers and would prefer to hire older workers
  • Hiring managers say during the recruiting process Gen Zers ask for too much money (42%), lack communication skills (39%), and don’t seem engaged (33%)
  • During interviews, hiring managers have found Gen Z candidates don’t dress appropriately (58%) and struggle with eye contact (57%)
  • Hiring managers also say Gen Zers exhibit entitlement (60%) and are too difficult to manage (26%)
  • 30% of hiring managers say they’ve had to fire a Gen Zer within a month of their start date

You can view the full results here:

7 thoughts on “Hiring Managers Skeptical Over Hiring Gen Zers

  1. Gen La“Z”y

  2. Draft them all for the Russian war and they’ll either return having learned something useful or they won’t return at all. So, you know, problem solved either way.

  3. I had several Gen Zers working for me. One guy was late everyday, even on zoom, and as part of a team, it puts an increased burden on other members who have to take on additional responsibilities to make up for this gap. He overslept on more than one occassion and we would try calling or texting him and a few hours later, he would show up and say “I don’t know what happened”. Whether he was hungover or something else, the fact that he supposedly slept through his alarm was a concern as he was a highly paid resource. I told him in the nicest was possible (they cannot handle constructive criticism or negative feedback) that if it happened again, he would be moved to another assignment. Luckily, that seemed to work, but he was not highly motivated and didn’t take any initiative with other activities, so ultimately he left. Investing in him, just wasn’t worth the burden attached to his inattentive and indifferent way of being and he lacked the ability to see how his actions had ramifications for others.

  4. Retired now. I used t think Millennials were entitled and lazy, but then came this next generation, the Gen Zs. Holy crap. They made the Millennials look like hard workers. The more affluent the families they came from, the worse they were. Absolutely terrible. This isn’t a passing phase, which is what we all thought back in the Millennial days. This is it. We are screwed if our retirements and economic futures are in the hands of these guys.

    1. Totally agree.

    2. Let’s just make sure we give credit/blame where credit is due: the parents. So if your precious retirement is in jeopardy, take a nice long hard look in the mirror pal.

      1. Sorry but that is the dumbest comment I have ever heard. Obviously you are Gen Z or a supporter of the lack of care in anything and everything except making plans with your friends (if you have friends), managing your anxiety (there are counselors that can help) and anything else that plagues you. At least the older generation learned by doing and not just sitting there on your cell phone playing wordle or texting your friends. They barely look up from their Insta scroll. So don’t blame someone who is set to retire, at least they know the value of what it took to earn that dollar instead of just expecting something to be handed to you. No, you do not get a trophy for just showing up!!

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