There is a new wave of entrepreneurship going around and it’s mostly hitting Generation Z and Millennials. Having a boss does not sound attractive nor does is sound like something that might be interesting. I interviewed two people each from Gen Z and the Millennial generation and the answers were surprisingly the same.
I posed the question of ” Would you rather work a regular 9 to 5 or for yourself and why”. The Gen Z kids had answers right away as the Millennial generation really thought about the family aspect. Starting with Generation Z, the conversation went as follows:
Me: Why do you prefer to work for yourself as opposed to a regular 9 to 5?
Gabrielle: I feel restricted working a 9 to 5. I don’t like not being free to do whatever I want. The energy and time that I put forth in working for a corporation is the same energy and time that I can invest in myself.
Me: Do you think your generation values the stability of a 9 to 5?
Gabrielle: We don’t think about the 9 to 5 in that way. We can provide stability for ourselves with more freedom if we work for ourselves. We like to sleep in and then go to work later. It’s all about convenience for us. We want to do it our way and on our own time.
I spoke with another Gen Z member and he was able to specify why administration in corporations are causing the loss of younger employees.
Me: Do you prefer working a 9 to 5 or for yourself and why?
Elven: I prefer working for myself mainly because it’s more flexible. Also, I can sleep in late and just take my time with getting my work done. I can be as creative as I want to without being concerned about whether its against policy and procedure.
Me: Is it one particular thing that drives you away from corporate?
Elven: Its honestly not having a say at your job. Following rules that don’t make sense and nobody listening to your suggestions is frustrating. Working for yourself, you can be as successful as you want to be if you drive yourself to succeed.
It’s safe to say that Generation Z is all about freedom of expression and lack of rules. They need creative space and leisure time to really provide great work results. If that’s not the case then the morale drops.
Moving on to the Millennial generation! I interviewed to women who are mothers and married and their answers were more family based.
Me: Would you prefer working for yourself or a regular job and why?
Lauren: I would prefer working for myself because I would be able to spend more time with my family. I feel like I could just work for myself and be happy while spending more time with my husband and son. It would be more convenient also because I could work from home and go as I please.
I asked another mother the same question and she was stern on her answer.
Felicia: I would rather work for myself because of flexibility, autonomy, and creativity. When you work for others you have to worry about the disrespect while still following their rules. The benefit however would be structure. If I worked for myself, I would probably sleep, eat, and watch TV all day and not get any work done.
There is a surprising resemblance is answers with both generations. In the typical corporate workplace, there is a lack of being creative and flexibility. The leadership is lackadaisical because they are not in tune with the employees wants and needs. Working for yourself seems more interesting because you simply DON’T HAVE TO DEAL WITH THAT. The common denominator is SLEEP. People would rather work for themselves because they could get more sleep. What does that say about Corporate America?
What’s your take on working for yourself as opposed to working a 9 to 5 job?