Gen Z, it’s not good to have your boss hate you

By Allison Schrager

25 Jan 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The age of "quiet quitting" won't last. Bloomberg columnist Allison Schrager addresses young workers, arguing that their power in the today's labor market is fleeting.

Every generation faces a skeptical reception in the labor force. Baby boomers were called self-centered, Gen X was lazy and millennials were considered entitled. For Gen Z, it's the same - but different. When I was at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week, there was the normal buzz about economic conditions and climate change. But everyone I spoke with mainly wanted to talk about something else: How the pandemic has changed the labor market, and especially how it has affected Gen Z.

Young people have never entered the labor force with more power - unemployment is low and the demand for labor is high - and they are exercising that power by changing workplace norms. The good times may not last, though, and Gen Z could wind up being the ones who pay the bigger price.

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