Billionaire says young people are 'too busy on TikTok' to start a career and 'won't succeed'
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A billionaire has hit out at Gen Z for not working hard enough.
John Catsimatidis is the owner of New York City grocery chain Gristedes Foods.
Catsimatidis claimed he used to work all the hours God sent when he was young.
He told the Daily Mail that he used to graft for 70 hours a week, and believes those who were born in the past 30 years don't have it in them.
"I was ready to sleep on the couch for the whole summer and watch television," he said.
"My mother threw me off the couch, and I guess I’m a kid of extremes because I quickly ended up working 70 hours a week.
"That’s one of the problems we are having in our country these days, the kids are busy playing TikTok.
"If you’re working 100 hours a week, and it’s not working, you’d better work 120. You can’t win if you’re afraid of losing."
And while it might seem outrageous, there may be a tiny grain of truth in what he has to say.
According to a study by Hootsuite, Gen Z spend around 80 minutes on TikTok every day, which adds up to well over a full day on the app every month - around two weeks a year.
This comes after another study found that Gen Zers are the most difficult generation to work with.
ResumeBuilder surveyed 1,344 people in managerial positions across different industries in the US and they were asked what it was like working with youngsters.
Around 49 percent declared people in the Gen Z age bracket are challenging to work with all or most of the time, while a jaw-dropping 79 percent said they were the toughest generation to have in the workplace.
Additionally, 59 percent revealed that they’ve had to fire a Gen Z employee, and 12 percent even claimed to have given young workers the flick within a week of their start date.
But as to why bosses claim that Gen Z is the less preferable generation? Well, bizarrely enough, according to the survey, ‘lack of technological skills’ rates as the number one reason.
You would’ve thought the generation that was spoon-fed TikTok dances straight out of the womb would’ve been a little more tech-savvy - especially when Susan from finance doesn’t even know how to copy and paste.
Other grievances with Gen Z included 37 percent of surveyed participants saying they lacked effort, and 37 percent saying they lacked motivation.
Somewhere, there's a boomer laughing.