Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw told a Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee on Thursday that Gen-Z workers need praise three times a week, which is 156 times a year, compared to millennials who need it three times a year and older generations who seek it once a year.
That would make Gen Z workers the neediest generation ever, a social construct applied to the workplace that has been nurtured by leftists incessantly. It arguably makes for dependent, ineffectual, lazy employees.
The comments by Kershaw come as research has addressed the most effective ways to develop the workforce.
“We learned too that Gen-Z, the younger generation, need three times a week praise from their supervisors,” Kershaw said during his testimony.
(Video Credit: Daily Mail)
He then pondered the use of emojis by different generations in an upside-down world.
“I saw some emojis that Gen-Z use that is actually offensive but my generation is sending these emojis,” he remarked. “The world is changing I guess is what I am saying…Like a happy face can mean the opposite in Gen Z land.”
The commentary occurs as it is being claimed that Gen Z workers are suffering from something called the “Great Burnout.” They claim they are overworked and underpaid, and that they feel they are unable to deal with responsibilities outside their jobs. Most would call that laziness and an effort to avoid responsibility entirely.
The University of Melbourne produced a study this year which surveyed 1,400 workers. It purportedly found that employees are increasingly feeling unmotivated, exhausted, and unable to concentrate in the post-lockdown era. The findings lack self-introspection on a generational front as prior generations have gone through much worse circumstances and did not claim they were too exhausted to go on.
She’s not wrong about Gen Z. pic.twitter.com/1BBXvBzsxU
— Fr33dom ____ (@1fr33dom) May 22, 2023
The Future of Work study contended that young (18 to 34-year-old) and middle-aged (35 to 54-year-old) employees have “poorer mental health than other workers.” This segment of workers makes up the prime-aged workforce of Australia. Notably, one in two of these workers claim they feel exhausted at work.
“Australian prime-aged workers are exhausted, less motivated about their work and unable to concentrate at work because of responsibilities outside of work,” the report speciously claimed.
Allegedly, many younger workers are carping that they are sick of “working all week and having nothing to show for it” while others whine that they “can’t afford a holiday, let alone a home.” They somehow aren’t attributing their unhappiness to their unproductivity and the fact they have elected leftist leaders who have created a no-win economic situation for them.
Boomers and Gen-Xers rightfully slam Gen-Zers for being “lazy” and “entitled.” And frankly, extremely confusing.
The new normal Gen Z pic.twitter.com/EpbrIdh2CW
— ABODE (@iamAbode) May 20, 2023
“Australian workers are exhausted, unwell, at risk of quitting, and largely unprepared for future workplace challenges driven by automation and artificial intelligence, a new report from the University of Melbourne Work Futures Hallmark Research Initiative reveals,” The University of Melbourne reported.
Sally and Alex, who are millennial co-hosts of the Two Broke Chicks podcast, point out that it’s not just the younger generations that are suffering economically or that are exhausted all the time. Which, by the way, sounds a lot like depression.
A few days ago, my friend hired a Gen Z frontend dev for his startup.
Now this frontend dev is OOO as he had an argument with his gf.
And he needs to go to therapy.
He was already OOO last week.
These Gen Z’s are really taking “out of office” to a whole new level.
— yash ⟠ (@yash_mk_) May 20, 2023
The podcasters have shared research that shows 50 percent of “prime” Australian workers, those aged between 25 and 55, are technically “exhausted.” They also contend that a third of those workers are considering quitting because they are overworked, according to the Daily Mail.
The University of Melbourne’s Professor Leah Ruppanner stated, “There’s this flawed assumption that in-person work was ideal for most prior to the pandemic – but for mothers, caregivers, and people living with chronic illnesses, it wasn’t.”
“A return to normal is a return to unequal employment experiences and outcomes for these groups. The pandemic has highlighted the personal and professional benefits of flexible and remote ways of working for many, and it’s clear that most Australian workers don’t want to go back to a ‘traditional’ work environment,” he elaborated.
“The report calls for governments to improve Australia’s preparedness for the future of work by providing free universal high-quality childcare; legislating workers’ access to flexible and remote work as a workplace right consistent with other OECD nations; and providing equal access to technological upskilling, especially for traditionally underrepresented groups – to respond to the demographic, technological and geographic changes facing Australia,” the University of Melbourne concluded.
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