Millennials are often portrayed as the most stressed, burned-out generation. However, Gen Z employees are also facing challenges and pressures in the workforce. They’re perhaps even more susceptible to job burnout because of the accelerated pace of their lives — and work. They’re constantly juggling school, work, social media, online dating and other responsibilities. The way they approach and respond to stress is different from millennials because of the unique experiences they’ve had growing up in a digital age. Here are three key reasons why Gen Z employees may be more prone to job burnout than Millennials.
Constant connection and digital overload
Gen Z employees are growing up in a world of constant connection. They’re interacting digitally for 12 hours a day, 7 days a week — and often, their use of technology is out of their control. Help employees create boundaries between work and home life. Many Gen Z employees are carrying their work with them on their phones or other digital devices. You can help them create boundaries by setting office hours and putting limits on the use of work-related apps. Gen Z employees are influenced by social media. They’re bombarded with images and messages that glorify being “perfect” and “successful.” They’re seeing images of people traveling the world, living in luxury and having an “instagrammable” lifestyle of the rich and famous. But they’re also seeing images of people who are constantly striving to be the best at their jobs. This can lead to stress, anxiety and job burnout.
Endless pressure to succeed
Gen Z employees were kids during the Great Recession. Even if their parents were financially stable, Gen Z employees grew up hearing about how hard it was to find a job. They also grew up in an era when it was cool to be an entrepreneur. They idolized people like Mark Zuckerberg, who dropped out of college to pursue his dream. This pressure to succeed and find the perfect job from a young age can lead to stress and job burnout.
Limiting beliefs and ideals of success
Gen Z employees may have limiting beliefs about what it means to be successful. If you tell them to “suck it up” and “push through” their stress and exhaustion, they may internalize these messages and feel guilty for asking for help. And because they don’t want to be seen as a “weak link,” they may try to tough it out and end up burning out.
How to Manage Stress and Burnout
These are some best practices for managing stress and burnout among Gen Z employees. - Create a healthy work-life balance. - Talk about mental health and stigma. - Be transparent about your expectations. - Build an inclusive culture. - Provide positive reinforcement. - Create opportunities for employees to learn and grow.
Millennials have been experiencing job burnout for quite some time now, but Gen Z employees have also been facing pressure and challenges in the workplace. They’re perhaps even more susceptible to job burnout because of the accelerated pace of their lives — and work. The way they approach and respond to stress is different from millennials because of the unique experiences they’ve had growing up in a digital age. Gen Z employees may be more prone to job burnout because of the constant connection and digital overload, endless pressure to succeed, and limiting beliefs about what it means to be successful. This is why it’s important to create a healthy work-life balance and talk about mental health and stigma, be transparent about your expectations, and provide positive reinforcement.