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Jodie Foster Says Gen Z Are “Annoying” at Her Workplace

By Orgesta Tolaj


11 January 2024

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Seems like Jodie Foster just blew up her chance to become viral for good on TikTok. She has recently expressed her dissatisfaction with Gen Z at the workplace, and it seems like most people are agreeing with her. During her latest interview, Judie Foster said: “They’re really annoying, especially in the workplace.” But, what made her say all of this?

Judie Foster and Gen Z

Oscar-winning actor Jodie Foster is renowned for her advocacy for young talent and active involvement in mentoring emerging stars. However, recently she shared her experience working with the team on the fourth season of True Detective. She expressed her enjoyment of collaborating with a plethora of emerging actors and crew.

But Foster also candidly remarked that members of Generation Z can sometimes be annoying. Despite this observation, her commitment to supporting and lending her name to relatively unknown casts and crews remains evident. She showcases her ongoing dedication to nurturing and promoting fresh talent in the entertainment industry.

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In a recent interview, Jodie Foster described herself as fun and lighthearted, often making jokes and not taking things seriously. While she expressed positivity about her experience on the set of an Iceland-based crime thriller, she also mentioned that in her broader acting career, Gen Z has sometimes posed challenges for her.

Jodie Foster Calls Gen Z “Annoying” at Workplace

Jodie Foster, a mother of two Gen Z sons, has expressed frustration with younger generations in a professional setting, finding them particularly annoying, especially in terms of their work habits. She cited instances of them saying, “I’m not feeling it today, I’m gonna come in at 10:30 a.m.” This sentiment aligns with a broader trend observed in a 2023 Deloitte report, which indicated that 77% of Gen Z working in a hybrid or remote capacity would consider quitting if asked to return to the office full-time. Additionally, 81% of Gen Z expressed interest in working more flexibly or with reduced hours, with potential pay cuts being a key consideration.

Emails Are Gen Z’s Enemy

Jodie Foster’s potential friction with younger peers might also be attributed to the communication medium—email. According to Thierry Delaporte, CEO of IT firm Wipro, Gen Z individuals, aged around 25, are less inclined to use emails and prefer platforms like Snapchat. A Barclays study from September revealed that Gen Z is almost twice as likely to use work instant messaging platforms compared to those over 55, with 97% expressing a desire to showcase their personality through office interactions. This shift in communication preferences highlights a broader generational difference in workplace communication methods.

Others Agree

Whoopi Goldberg, in particular, suggested that a strong work ethic is essential for achieving homeownership. Foster echoed these sentiments, expressing frustration with Gen Z’s attitude at work, citing examples like shortened work hours and lack of attention to grammatical details in emails. However, scholars argue that such critiques may reflect a common generational shift, where younger generations drive language and cultural changes, a pattern observed throughout history.

Do you agree with Judie Foster’s beliefs on “lazy” Gen Z at the workplace?

You might also want to read: Gen Z Wants a Simple Life in the Mountains. Here’s Why!

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