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MIT interviewer blasted Gen Z for ‘being late’—and research shows she may be right

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An MIT interview and finance CEO recently took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to blast young people’s time management. 

“I’m an MIT interviewer. Every single applicant was late to their Zoom interview,” the now-deleted tweet from the account of Christina Qi, CEO of the financial services firm Databento and an MIT board member reads. 

“One no-showed after picking the time on my calendar,” the post continued. “Look, I know college isn’t for everyone, but this 1 meeting could affect where you go for these next 4 years of your life.”

But, according to research, her experience may not be a coincidence—Gen Z workers generally are increasingly missing work and struggling to stick to deadlines.

Days lost per employee increased at a faster clip for 21 to 25-year-olds in Britain than for the population as a whole between 2019 and 2022, according to research from the employee wellness consultant GoodShape, as reported in Bloomberg

At eight days off work a year, those in their early twenties are taking off almost as much time as workers in their early 50s did before the pandemic.

Plus, even if they’re not missing work by taking a sick day (or quiet quitting, or partaking in Bare Minimum Mondays) they’re failing to deliver on time. Separate research from Asana shows Gen Z workers—those born between 1997 and 2012—are more likely to miss deadlines than any other generation.

On average, Gen Z workers miss almost a quarter of their deadlines each week, compared to 6% for baby boomers and 10% for Gen X. 

That’s despite the fact they’re working until late most nights: Baby boomers and Gen X workers pull just over an hour of overtime each day, whereas young workers stay behind for over 2 hours into their evenings.

The research suggests it’s because Gen Z—who waste four and a half hours a week on unnecessary tasks, according to Asana—don’t know how to prioritize their time.

Some, however, are more…

Orianna Rosa Royle

2023-11-15 12:00:00

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