Generation Z are not ashamed of ‘job-hopping’ and will even quit unsatisfying jobs without a backup plan, study finds

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Many Gen Z people want to be able to work from home, according to a survey by Oliver Wyman.Qi Yang/Getty Images

  • Gen Zers don’t stigmatize “job-hopping,” according to a new study by Oliver Wyman.

  • They want flexible schedules and a good work-life balance, and will quit if they don’t get it, according to the study.

  • Courtney Grover told Insider that “job-hopping has really helped me learn what I like.”

Gen Zers don’t share older generations’ hang-ups about “job-hopping,” according to a new study from management consulting firm Oliver Wyman.

They like to drop unfulfilling jobs that don’t provide the benefits they want – and are always looking for something better. Indeed, 70% of Gen Zers who say they are “loyal” to their employers are actively or passively looking for a new job, the survey found.

Oliver Wyman surveyed 10,000 Gen Zers aged 18 to 25 in the US and UK in an effort to analyze how “the largest and most disruptive generation ever” will affect established business practices.

People born between 1997 and 2012, often referred to as Gen Z, came of age during the pandemic. Having lost much of their youth to COVID-19, they are seeking a sustainable work-life balance and are unwilling to sacrifice their free time to climb the corporate ladder, the study found.

More than previous generations, they are even willing to disembark without a backup plan, the study found.

Gen Z sees work in “a more transactional way” than previous generations, and has a “long list of demands,” according to Oliver Wyman’s study. Specifically, they want jobs with benefits such as comprehensive health coverage and mental health support, as well as institutional transparency.

They’re also demanding more and more flexibility – and they’re willing to stop if they don’t get it. Many of them started working during the pandemic, when most offices were closed, so have “no interest in soul-sucking commutes,” according to respondents.

According to Oliver Wyman’s poll, 85% of Gen Zs prefer a hybrid work pattern or remote work.

This means employers who want to recruit and retain Gen Z workers must allow employees to work from home, give them more time off and show they support diversity, according to research by Oliver Wyman.

Courtney Grover, 26, told Insider that she “jumped from job to job” in her early 20s: “Job-hopping really helped me learn what I like and what I want to do with my life.”

However, she acknowledges that constantly changing jobs can be exhausting. After trying recruiting, waitressing, and police work, Grover joined a PR firm called Kindred Agency last year and says she’s now more satisfied with her job.

She told Insider, “I only calmed down after hitting rock bottom and talking to my friend’s father, who is part of the generation that has worked in the same company all their lives.”

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