China New Observation | "Gen Z" in the workplace: more money does not necessarily go, and less money does not necessarily go

  Zhongxin Finance, May 9 (Zuo Yukun) In 2022, the "post-00s" millennial youth officially bid farewell to the university campus and entered the society.

Together with the "post-95s" who have just entered the workplace, they constitute the workplace "Generation Z" born between 1995 and 2009.

  Recently, the topic of "Rebel Z" has sparked heated discussions, and many old colleagues sighed: "This back wave is almost 3 meters high!"

Data map: On-campus recruitment activities.

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"Forced to work overtime every day, resolutely not agree"

  "In this company, in addition to the leaders, I have to obey, and the most obedient is our new small employees." Yang Yu (pseudonym), a "post-90s" workplace person, told Zhongxin Finance that his company is relatively "roll", If you get off work on time, the leader will think that you are not full, and will add tasks the next day.

Over time, I and my colleagues have become accustomed to "fishing overtime".

  "Until a 99-year-old sister came to the company, the sky was clear for us." Yang Yu said that the newcomer didn't do anything earth-shattering, just went to get off work on time every day, and never cared what the leaders said.

Even if there is an important job, she will never work overtime in the company, and would rather take it home to do it, "but because of her normal routine, it also drives us to live an active life."

  "I used to be a newcomer, and the leader asked me to work overtime, and I only dared to reply with the word 'OK'; now I am a leader, and the newcomer is asked to work overtime, and the word "don't" is returned to us." As a joke on the Internet, he said From the impression of the generation Z workplace, many people first gave the label of "no overtime".

  "I really don't like to work overtime, and I dare not to work overtime, even if it's not very important or because of my mistake, I don't even want to reply to news outside working hours." "Post-00" employee Gao Mang (pseudonym) bluntly told Zhongxin Finance , I am not against overtime work, I am willing to work overtime if there is too much work to do on a certain day, but I am determined not to agree to work overtime every day.

  "Of course, the premise is that you don't touch fish every day and seriously improve efficiency, although the reason for improving efficiency is to get off work on time." Gao Mang said with a smile.

Data map: The job seeker is communicating with the recruiter.

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Reverse back to the enterprise, "rewrite" the recruitment rules

  In fact, Gen Z not only has the courage to challenge the overtime culture in the workplace, but also "rewrite" the recruitment rules.

In the earlier job search session, they showed the uniqueness of "different fireworks".

  HR Wan Lin (pseudonym) of an Internet company born in the 1980s has difficulty forgetting several "post-00s" newcomers who had interviewed before: "At the end of the general interview, we will routinely ask job seekers what else they want to know, and everyone usually symbolically Talk about job expectations."

  "As a result, 'post-00s' asked me directly: 'How do you arrange your day's work?' 'Do you personally think that you can find a balance between work and life in your company?' 'You are the best in your company's career What's the moment?'" Wan Lin said,

not expecting that as an HR, he would be able to regain the feeling of "being interviewed"


  Of course, the situation Wan Lin encountered was not an exception.

In the process of applying for a job, "background investigation" is a common part. Generally, the employer checks the authenticity of the background information of the applicant through relevant persons.

But in today's Gen Z job search process, "reverse tone" to companies has become a new trend.

  In addition to directly asking HR questions, the most basic "reverse backtracking" is to find out about the company through various recruitment websites and social media; the more advanced one is to find "informed people" who have work experience in the company to inquire about the inside story; higher rank Yes, through salary tools, enterprise query platforms, etc., to understand the size of the company, the background of the boss, and even the investors behind them and their investment logic.

  On social platforms, some bloggers put together a list of “offer offers” in order to help more people “avoid pits”. The list of “offering offers” was once widely circulated; data from the Maimai platform, which launched a “company review system”, showed that 91% of job seekers The interviewer will take the initiative to collect information about the company and conduct background checks on the company.

Data map: Job seekers are looking for jobs at the venue.

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salary will be considered, but it is not the first, and it is not the only"

  "Sometimes it's really unconscious. In the previous work, I was right, but the leader corrected it. After I figured it out, I was a little anxious and said, 'Next time, pay attention, and don't change things that have been confirmed several times. ', the leader said 'Okay, okay'." "Post-95" accountant Xue Xue (pseudonym) told Zhongxin Finance that in retrospect, he was indeed a bit "out of line".

  "Of course, under the premise of workplace etiquette and life courtesy, it is unequivocal to safeguard your own interests." Xue Xue believes that the reason why young people of her generation are so "bold" and "anti-introverted" is mainly because they still No life stress.

  "Looking up, my parents' salaries or pensions are enough to support themselves and even subsidize me; looking down, we have no children to raise, and at most cats and dogs. This gives us enough confidence to pay attention to our own hobbies and development." Xue Xue said.

  The "2021 Generation Z Workplace Status and Trend Research Report" released by Zhaopin also shows that in terms of work attitude, the proportion of "interest first, work content is more important than promotion and salary increase" is significantly higher than that of the predecessors; and work Compared with the intensity, the sense of accomplishment and value that work can bring has gradually become a question that Generation Z people think about every day.

  "Salary treatment must be considered, of course, but it is by no means the first, nor the only one." Qi Chun (pseudonym), a "post-95" employee, just left his former employer with a considerable salary because he couldn't get along with his immediate leaders.

"The former leader asked his subordinates to obey him unequivocally, and he basically did not give positive comments to his subordinates, and it was more common to lose his temper."

  Many incidents were superimposed, and Qi Chun argued with the leaders at the department meeting, and directly slapped the table and resigned.

"She said that it's not that she has no sense of awe in the workplace, but she just doesn't want to eat the cake she painted with her feelings."

Data map: The scene of the job fair for college graduates.

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"Work hard, but also enjoy life"

  After resigning, Qi Chun came to a new Internet company. Although the salary was not as good as before, he met an ideal leader.

  "When we made mistakes in the previous company, the leaders would point their noses at the meeting; now I make mistakes, and the new leader will say, 'I have to admit that I have some responsibility for this matter, and what aspects can we improve in the future? What do you think? '" Qi Chun said that now, under the influence of good leaders, he feels that his colleagues are all very easy to get along with.

  "For the post-95 generation, a good job not only requires 'more money', but also needs to meet the spiritual needs of freedom, growth space, work meaning and interpersonal relationships." LinkedIn's "Post-95 Professional Values ​​Basic Research Report" pointed out that 95 Later, he made no secret of his desire for "income and wealth", but he also pursued spiritual wealth on this basis.

  "The two leaders I have experienced are of similar age, so I think it has nothing to do with youth and generations. Sincerity and friendliness are the eternal rules of the workplace." Qi Chun said.

  In the new position, Qi Chun also met many "post-00" interns.

Qi Chun's biggest feeling is that they like script-killing board games at parties, but they don't like KTV; they like chasing stars, and they will learn PS, Pr and other skills for this.

But the most important thing is that their work and life attitudes are not so "inspirational and hard-working", they work seriously, but they also enjoy life more.

  "The evaluation of Generation Z is always polarized now. Some people think that they are too self-willed and self-centered, and some people praise them as independent and independent, and they are a subversive generation." Wan Lin said, but thinking back to when we were young, The older generation seems to say the same about us.

  "The workplace always needs progress and development, but capable and reliable employees are precious resources in any era," she said.