Young people in the workplace don’t have the skills to debate, disagree and work alongside people with different opinions, and the lockdowns are to blame, Channel 4’s Chief Executive has said. The Mail has the story.
Speaking at the Royal Television Society’s Cambridge Convention, Alex Mahon said “particularly post-pandemic” Gen Z youngsters “haven’t got the skills to discuss” and “haven’t got the skills to disagree”.
She said this phenomenon, which was being seen in the workplace, was a “dangerous step change”.
The Channel 4 boss cited the time youngsters had spent “being out of colleges” during the pandemic, meaning they had not been exposed as much to “people with a difference of opinion”.
Gen Z usually refers to people born between the middle to late 1990s and the early 2010s.
Ms. Mahon told the Royal Television Society Cambridge Convention: “What we are seeing with young people who come into the workplace – Gen Z – particularly post-pandemic – with this concentration of short form content [short videos on services like Tik Tok and YouTube] is they haven’t got the skills to debate things.
“They haven’t got the skills to discuss, they haven’t got the skills to disagree and commit because they haven’t been raised, particularly with being out of colleges to have those kind of debates, to get to the point where you’ve got people with a difference of opinion to you and you’re happy to work alongside that, and that is a really dangerous step change in my view that we are seeing.”
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