The Gen Z Grind: Hiring A Generation

What is Gen Z like in the world of work? Some misconceptions describe them as lazy or needy and craving attention and praise. But should these excuses be used to neglect a whole generational workforce?

22nd December 2020
The Gen Z Grind: Hiring A Generation
Written by Adam Gray

What is Gen Z like in the world of work? Some misconceptions describe them as lazy or needy and craving attention and praise. But should these excuses be used to neglect a whole generational workforce?


When employers hire students, they tend to look for flexible staff who need the money; students who will do an array of jobs to earn a few quid. This attitude towards hiring Gen Zers often overlooks how hardworking and driven they can be. This is largely fuelled by the common misconception that Gen Zers are lazy, needy, and don’t understand the value of money. When in fact, research says otherwise. 

A Dedicated And Dynamic Workforce

A study by People First shows that one in five students now work two jobs while studying towards their degree. A similar study also found that the number of students working alongside their studies is 59%. 55% of those students are doing so out of pure necessity so that they can afford the basics, such as food. This puts enormous pressure on students. Students have to perform physically and mentally in both work and in their studies in order to secure their future, while also affording life’s basics. Other generations can’t ignore these statistics that highlight the hardworking nature of the current student workforce.

Gen Zers can be a dynamic addition to your workforce. They can provide a fresh and innovative perspective. Students know that they need experience to boost their CV. This need to develop new skills keeps the older, more experienced members of staff in top shape and also gives them an extra sense value, as they try to develop the skills of the younger staff. 

Gen Z Misconceptions

Some Gen Z misconceptions aren’t wrong. Gen Zers are sometimes entitled. They want to have their opinions heard and contribute to the broader discussion. Gen Zers want to have a life outside of work and expect enough flexibility to commit to both their personal and professional lives. But being entitled doesn’t mean lazy. And wanting to contribute and be heard doesn’t make them needy. 

When it comes down to it, yes some Gen Zers will require a different managerial approach. But why should that be a negative? Providing the younger staff with additional feedback, giving them some guidance when the going gets tough and ultimately being a valued mentor will allow you to get the best out of your workforce in the long run. 

How We Can Help

Phavour provides direct, instant access to the hardworking student workforce. Whether it’s a One-Off task, some remote Freelance work, or a Part-Time opportunity, Phavour can help you find the right person for the job—instantly. 

If you want to find out how Phavour can help you, or have any questions, head over to our contact page to get in touch with us. We would love to hear from you!