In the United States, employees are rediscovering the taste for leave


Helmet on the head, coffee in hand, the young Sarai Marie stages, on TikTok, Veronica and Susan in the office. Veronica, the embodiment of Generation Z, is the employee. Susan its boss. « Veronicasaid the latter, you must be available during your vacation. » Veronica does not let herself be dismantled. She bursts out laughing and promises to block future messages from Susan. His 2.3 million followers approve of him.

This very short sketch illustrates the change in attitude of American employees. We thought they were devoured by ambition, always ready to finish a task on the weekend, or to answer the incessant emails from the department head. But, since the Covid-19 epidemic and the remote work revolution, their voluntary submission has calmed down.

“The social contract has changed forever”, estimates Cathi Canfield, vice-president of the recruitment agency EmployBridge. In a survey, internal to the recruitment agency EmployBridge, carried out from February 21 to March 23, 2022, the importance expressed by employees of flexible working hours was noted, even on the side of essential workers. “They set their priorities. They want to be able to take care of their children at homeshe explains. They tell us that their time is precious. »

“For 40% of positions, we understood that we could work in other placescontinues Ariane Ollier-Malaterre, professor of management at the University of Quebec in Montreal (Canada). When the company imposes a return to the office and you spend the day on Zoom, because the others do not come at the same time, you wonder why. Employees want to keep their autonomy. » And they make it known loud and clear.

Declining career ambitions

As the job market is still very tight, “employees have the power”, concludes the professor. Employers who have not yet understood risk a deep disengagement of their troops. On TikTok, this change in behavior is called “act your wage”. Clearly, the employee does what he is paid for, nothing more.

“We are accused of being lazy, always on the phoneexplains Danielle Farage, 24, marketing director of the Café platform, an expert in human resources. It’s true, our values ​​are different from those of baby boomers. We don’t want to clock in five days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will not go back to the good old days. » But to add in the direction of employers: “Let’s get back to the discussion. Be more flexible. Understand our values, our desire for transparency, the desire to do good in the world. »

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