The 6 things managers do that annoy young workers the most

Glory-hunters, gossipers and getting lax with the training just won't do for Generation Z.

by Rebecca Smith
Last Updated: 08 Mar 2016

Thought you were getting to grips with ‘millennials’ in the workplace? Maybe not. Well anyway, just as companies got cracking with targeting that demographic, the buzz has now predictably moved onto Generation Z  – those born from the late nineties through to the 2010s. 

A report from learning and development firm The Forum Corporation surveyed 1,000 of these spring chickens (aged between 16 and 22) to find out just how cynical they’ve become already and what irritated them most about a boss. Here are the top six reasons they listed.

1. Office gossip

Lies and gossip spread by bosses was named by 36% of the respondents as a persistent problem. Employees unsurprisingly then feel their managers are untrustworthy and they’re less inclined to work for them as a result. Who'd have thought?

2. Lack of clarity

Likely a bugbear for employees of all ages, not just for new entrants to the workplace – managers not being clear in their instructions didn’t go down well with 34% of Gen-Z workers. This often gives rise to two very different sets of expectations and all sorts of misunderstandings.

3. Feeling underappreciated

Another common gripe for workers is not feeling appreciated. Bosses might be busy but stinginess with praise doesn’t go down well with young workers; 32% of those surveyed mentioned it.

4=. Taking the glory from someone else

Nipping in to take the credit for someone else’s work is sure to get most people’s backs up and Generation Z workers were no different. Some 31.6% said it was a big problem with their boss.

4=. Expecting staff to put work ahead of their personal commitments

Some 31.6% of respondents said they were irritated when their boss expected them to put work ahead of their personal life. But some of them might need a reality check – 27% hated being told what to do or having to follow instructions, which might be more of a reflection on them as employees than on the behaviour of their boss. 

6. Not training staff

Just over a quarter of those surveyed said they were frustrated about the lack of training being offered by their managers.

Mind you it’s not just the workers getting irritated with their bosses. Some 55% of employers in the same study said they were ‘concerned’ about Generation Z entering the workplace due to the level of training they need. Nearly a third worried about their dislike at being told what to do and ‘thinking they know it all’. Kids today, eh?

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