Millennial And Gen Z Employees Reveal Exactly Why They Don’t Want To Become Managers

It’s not exactly news that work culture has gone seriously downhill over the past 20-30 years. Back in the day, you could buy a house with the wages you had from a normal office job. These days, you can work your backside off at 3 different jobs for 60 hours a week and still barely have enough to pay rent on an apartment, let alone get approved for a mortgage. And while all workers would love to be paid higher wages, millennial and Gen Z employees aren’t interested in becoming managers for a very good reason.

Management = double the responsibility without double pay

Over on TikTok, millennials and Gen Z employees admit they’re not exactly keen to climb the corporate ladder — and if they are, they’d rather go straight to the top.

In the old days, you’d start off as an entry-level employee, then get a position in junior management, then keep going from there. However, the next step above regular ol’ worker has more disadvantages than advantages since you take on way more responsibility and get a very minimal pay increase.

TikToker Kyyah Abdul explains this perspective perfectly.


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In one video, she says that there are some workers who see a position in lower management as a stepping stone, or an “internship” for roles higher up in a company. The idea is that you slog it for minimal money now and might eventually be recognized and paid for your contributions down the line.

The issue is, there aren’t many higher-up positions available these days since people can’t afford to retire and therefore have to work much longer in life. Instead, you get stuck in that in-between lower management role taking on tons of stress and work with no possibility of making more cash.

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Why would anyone want to become a manager?

That’s the question TikToker @littlemisstrena answered in her own clip, explaining that she made that mistake in the past and ended up regretting it.

“I absolutely fell for this. This was like two jobs ago and I still believed in like career advancement and, like, wanting to work my way up, so I became a supervisor,” she explained.

She went on to say that she took on tons of extra work for the position… and only got a “dollar pay bump” in thanks.

In other words, millennial and Gen Z employees are just fine where they are right now, thanks.

Jennifer Still is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience. The managing editor of Bolde, she has bylines in Vanity Fair, Business Insider, The New York Times, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and many more. You can follow her on Twitter @jenniferlstill