Commentary: Why some older workers feel uncomfortable and even intimidated by Gen Z



SINGAPORE: Gen Z – also called “True Genâ€, “iGen†or “zoomers†(born from 1996 to 2010) – have now entered the workforce, proving that they don’t quite fit the “fragile and hypersensitive strawberry†label assigned to them.

On the contrary, their response to the disruptions caused by the global pandemic to both their education and their early days in the workforce unveiled a resilience, adaptability, and humanity that amazes many of us, not to mention how strong they are. commitment to social causes. .

Older managers – who often referred to Gen Z as ‘entitled’, ‘uninvolved’ and ‘unable to cope’ – are beginning to see their new colleagues in a new light, as a generation of activists, conscious consumers and future goals. based leaders.

When we factor in their energy, creativity and technological know-how, it’s clear that Gen Z will soon be a force to be reckoned with. And that makes a lot of those who work alongside them feel uncomfortable.


The 2021 Multigenerational Workforce Study, a global study of more than 1,200 professionals, found that 32% of baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) and Generation X (born between 1965 and 1980 ) see Gen Z as the most difficult generation to work with. Another 18 percent admitted to feeling intimidated by them.

Despite the common perception, they are not too different from their predecessors – millennials – Gen Z has specific aspirations.

Their uncompromising attitude towards practices that do not reflect their values, and the fact that they prioritize their ambition and personal ideals over the good of the company, can make them appear rigid and legitimate.


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