Young TikTokker argues Gen Z doesn’t want to work hard because they know better, especially after the pandemic

A young TikTok influencer has stirred up a debate by arguing that younger generations just simply don’t care about working hard the way their predecessors did because they’re allegedly smarter.

The influencer, a young woman named Demi Kotsoris, explained this in a TikTok video uploaded earlier this week.


@millennialcrisis Access to information really do change your outlook & pathway or mental state lol #20something #30something #quarterlifecrisis #millennial ♬ original sound – Demi Kotsoris

She started by explaining that younger generations have access to more information, and that this information has keyed them in on some previously unknown facts about life.

“Older generations are so confused at why we don’t wanna work anymore or why we don’t want to necessarily work hard or prioritize our careers. We know how short life is now. And it didn’t have to come from a life-changing, life-altering experience like it did for those before us,” she said.

“You know that older person in your life that had someone close to them pass away maybe when they were young and they live life to the fullest because of that? Now we have that access to that information,” she added.

Continuing her veritable defense of laziness, she mentioned the COVID pandemic (or “panini”) as well.

She also said that it doesn’t matter if they work for a great employer who’s doing “amazing work.”

“We also had this global pandemic that happened. So we view life very differently than we ever had before. So even for a lot of us, if we’ve got a workplace that is purpose-driven, and they’ve got great values and they’re doing amazing work, we’ll still like I wanna travel, I wanna do other stuff with my life,” she said.

“And that’s also confusing for us, because we’re like, oh my god, we’ve got all this like privilege. Like the work we’re doing is great and all this kind of stuff. Why am I still depressed? Why do I still hate my life? Why do I still not wanna work? And it’s because we don’t place the same value that was drilled into us before on that, and so we shouldn’t. The access to information has made us smarter,” she concluded.

Smarter, huh? Not everybody agrees.

Commenting on Kotsoris’ TikTok post, one critic accused younger generations of being lazier, not smarter.

Another critic mocked the younger generations for refusing to work hard yet being “the first ones to complain how they [can’t] afford to buy a house.”

(Source: TikTok)

“Unpopular opinion : Boomer parents worked so hard that generational wealth has made Millennials think they are revolutionary in not wanting to work,” another commenter wrote.

“Automation with robotics, AI, and IoT coming in fast,” another commenter added, referring to the trend of corporations replacing line workers with robots to save costs and also not have to deal with lazy employees.

Kotsoris’ controversial post was uploaded the same week that ResumeBuilder published the results of a new survey showing that 75 percent of workplace managers and business leaders  believe that Gen Z employees are “more difficult to work with than other generations.”

The survey also found that “49% say it’s difficult to work with GenZ all or most of the time,” “65% say they more commonly need to fire GenZers than employees of other generations,” and “12% have fired a GenZer less than one week after their start date.”

“Being too easily offended is a top reason GenZers get fired,” according to ResumeBuilder.

“Top reasons they feel GenZ is difficult to work with is they lack of technological skills, effort, and motivation,” the site adds.

ResumeBuilder also obtained quotes from several top executives.

“In our organization, the Gen Zs I have interacted with can be exhausting because they lack discipline, and they like to challenge you,” Akpan Ukeme, the head of HR at SGK Global Shipping Services, said.

“I’ve butted heads more than once with a Gen Z employee, because since our company is online-based, they think they know everything about the digital world and that they can teach me. They think they’re better than you, smarter than you, more capable than you, and they will tell you to your face,” he added.

Sound familiar?

However, not everybody had something negative to say about Gen Z.

“Compared to other generations, I find GenZ to be highly innovative, and adaptable. They are not afraid to challenge the status quo and bring new ideas to the table. They also value authenticity and transparency and expect companies to be socially responsible and ethical,” Adam Garfield, marketing director at Hairbro, said.

“However, one area where I believe GenZ could improve in the workplace is their communication skills. While they are proficient in using digital communication tools, they may lack some of the interpersonal skills required for face-to-face interactions. GenZers could benefit from developing their communication skills to build stronger relationships with colleagues and clients,” he added.


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