Letters to the Editor

Letter: Work ethic

Are U.S. employees ready for Gen Z? After reading Lynn Curry’s employment piece, the answer seems like an emphatic “no.” But here’s the problem: Any possible solutions Ms. Curry offers up seem to feed right into the slacking and distraction and laziness that characterize Gen Z as a group and what got us here in the first place.

Being a “work parent” isn’t a choice most employers want to make or sign onto. Constantly “providing constructive feedback that proves you want them to be successful and notice when they do something right” sounds a lot like what you should do with your 11-year-old at home.

How about this? It’s time to grow up. A job is a job. It’s called work for a reason. What about setting the expectation that a new employee shows up on time, dressed appropriately, has their mind on work and figured out a strategy to be a productive employee as a condition of employment?

That way, employers can hopefully bypass or quickly weed out the 50% of Gen-Z-ers who intend to leave their jobs in the next year and the one in four who plan to leave in the next six months. Heads up: They were never going to be long-term productive employees anyway.

Perhaps it’s time to look more closely at mid-career retraining for productive workers or even opportunities to rehire seniors and end-of-career workers who have shown they get it. And we can check back in with Gen Z in their 30s. They sure look like they need the extra time just to figure out the basics of work-life reality in America.

— Hal Homer


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