Will Gen Z redefine workplace wellness?

Change is amongst us. A new way of thinking is emerging. A new dialogue for employee wellness has begun, and it all starts with Generation Z.

It is the era of Gen Z. This demographic consists of those born between 1997-2012 and currently makes up about 1/4 of the U.S. population. Unlike generations before, this group has been influenced by the 2008 financial crisis, emerging pandemics, and nationwide lockdowns.

Unsurprisingly, this has caused a new set of generational issues. Ironically, this group is least likely to contract COVID-19 but has been the most psychologically distraught by the pandemic. In fact, according to the American Psychological Association, “Gen Z adults (46%) were the most likely generation to say that their mental health has worsened compared with before the pandemic.”

As a Gen Zer who has just entered the workforce to intern with SWBC’s Employee Benefits Consulting Group, I’d like to share my perspective about how my generation is redefining workplace wellness.


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