Everyone has received an automated “out-of-office” response from a co-worker who is out on vacation, but with Gen Z now firmly established in the workforce, those messages have become a lot more salty and straightforward, as one marketing assistant named Olivia revealed on Tik Tok.
“Here, we value honesty,” Olivia sarcastically captioned her video.
@oilshoreHere at Oilshore we value honesty #corporatetiktok #genzworker #workhumour #officelife♬ Spongebob Tomfoolery – Dante9k Remix – David Snell
What followed is a string of hilarious reasons why you shouldn’t bug a Gen Z employee when they’re having fun.
If you email Joseph while he’s on vacation, for example, you’ll get a message stating he hopes “to win the lottery and never return.”
Tremaine simply told folks trying to reach him to “contact someone other than me.”
You can almost feel the parental scolding in Rochelle’s reply: “I’m unsure why you’re emailing me given that I put this on my calendar months ago.”
“If you need me … too bad!” exclaimed Mikayla.
Danica received the most praise for her blunt warning: “Do not contact me while I’m on leave or I’ll report you to HR,” while Danusha tried the glass-half-full approach: “The bad news is that I’m out of office, the good news is that I’m out of office.”
Another employee, Andrea, just sent inquirers an error message: “ERROR 404: Employee not found.”
And Georgia urged people to “enjoy your break from me.”
While the messages offered workers from around the world a few much-needed giggles, the reactions from Gen Z’s predecessors, the much-maligned Millennials, were fascinating.
It appears the older generation, now ranging in age between 26 and 41, wish they had a bit more of Gen Z’s moxie.
“They are so bold, I love it,” replied one Tik Tok user. “As a Millennial, I’d be scared to be off of work.”
“After 8 years I’ve finally wrote ‘I will not have phone or email access at this time until I return,'” revealed another. “And I wanted to throw up. I was nervous lol.”
“I wish I had this direct attitude but my millennial self would never be able to do that,” stated a third.
A “Xennial” — defined as the group born after GenX but before the Millennials — said, “Gen Z’s doing all the things I’ve dreamt of doing. Kings and queens changing work culture.”
The responses mirror the findings of Ask Cody, a meeting management and resource scheduling platform, which, in August, reported that, while Millennials are quickly becoming the dominant group in the workplace, they “feel overworked and undervalued, and many are beginning to question whether their jobs are worth the stress affecting Millennials’ office behavior.”
Like their predecessors, “Gen Z workers are highly educated and have high career expectations. However, unlike millennials, Gen Z office behavior is defined by their impatience for jobs that do not meet their standards.”
And according to the website, “By 2025, Gen Z is expected to comprise about 27% of the global workforce.”
Gen Z also differs from their Millennial counterparts in the way they approach learning.
“For one, Gen Z students are far more independent and self-directed than Millennials,” the article explains. “They prefer to learn by doing and tend to gravitate towards active learning environments rather than passive ones.”
And apparently, being passive-aggressive doesn’t cut it when they’re on vacation, either.
It’s a lesson the Millennials could benefit from learning.
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