Billionaire entrepreneur and investor Mark Cuban has no filters when it comes to his opinions on different generations. In a recent episode of the “Re:Thinking with Adam Grant” podcast, Cuban praised Gen Z for their focus on mental health and work-life balance. According to Cuban, this younger generation will go down as the “greatest generation” in history.
Cuban, who made his fortune in technology and digital media, sees himself very much in Gen Z. He thinks they consider all the ingredients when making decisions, much like he did to his beginnings. He also commends them for prioritizing mental health balance and warns that organizations need to understand this better in the future.
But Cuba did not stop there. He also had biting words for baby boomers. According to Cuban, this generation will go down in history as the most disappointing of all time. From the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll of their youth to what they have today, Cuban isn’t shy about criticizing the baby boomer generation – the generation he’s a part of.
Some Twitter users pointed out that the technologies used by Cuba to become a billionaire and those used by Gen Z were largely created by baby boomers. Cuban acknowledged this fact but continued to criticize baby boomers for spending their days watching cable news and twisting politics, chasing power instead of fighting the establishment, as they have made in the 1960s and 1970s.
Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Cuban is never short of opinion.
But while he may consider Gen Z the greatest generation, not everyone shares his sentiment.
A survey by ResumeBuilder shows that nearly 75% of managers and business leaders think Gen Z is “harder to work with than other generations.” In fact, 49% of respondents said it was difficult to work with Gen Z all or most of the time. The survey also showed that many managers believe Gen Z lacks communication skills, effort, motivation, and even technology skills.
The issue is so significant that 20% of managers surveyed said they had to fire a Gen Z employee within a week of their start date. And one of the main reasons for their dismissal was that they were “too easily offended”. While some may see Gen Z as the future, Akpan Ukeme, HR manager at SGK Global Shipping Services, believes working alongside them can be “exhausting” due to their lack of discipline and tendency to defy. authority.
The only generation that came close to Gen Z’s unpopularity were the baby boomers. Only 4% of respondents preferred working with them, which isn’t surprising given Cuban’s scathing comments about the generation.
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