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GenZ Report | Feedback, Friendships and Fun

Thecla Schreuders & Lia Rockey

At Thompson Harrison our work is about reimagining workplaces of the future so that the individuals, teams and societies in which they operate, thrive. Of particular importance is how the young people might be engaging with their places of work and indeed how their places of work engage with them. We were curious about whether the website headlines and assumptions about Gen Z (born between 1997 and 2012 and new into the workplace) were true. So much media noise about the Gen Zs is that they are indolent snowflakes, obsessed with TikTok, well being and niche identity politics. They are whiny and work-shy; they’re quietly quitting. Gen Z have tiny attention spans and, for all their ease with technology, lack communication skills, can’t ‘read the room’, and therefore ‘need training in soft skills’. 

There’s an underlying tone in much of the reporting, a knowing dismissiveness that speaks to a much older theme: enduring prejudice against the young.  To find out how much truth there is to these tropes and what else is going on, Thompson Harrison commissioned research into the attitudes and experiences of Generation Z in the workplace.  

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Vital Leadership:
The art and science of human energy
Tracey Camilleri & Dr Gavin Weeks

This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme. As part of the celebrations, Tracey Camilleri (Associate Fellow and Programme Director, 2012 – 2022) and Gavin Weeks (Associate Fellow and Tutor) conducted research with alumni, supported by Sue Dopson (Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Academic Director of the OSLP). Consisting of interviews with 20 alumni and a survey completed by 67 alumni, the research focused on the impact of the OSLP, the experience of leading through the COVID pandemic and future leadership challenges.

The particular challenge of sustaining energy was one of the themes that emerged from our interviews. In this paper, we summarise some of the existing research and thinking related to energy and introduce themes and insights that emerged from our interviews.

Our research builds upon an existing focus on energy and vitality on the programme in sessions led by one of the authors of this paper (Gavin Weeks). This focus is in keeping with the ethos of the OSLP, where global and contextual issues are explored at the same time as personal leadership challenges. 


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