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Reworking work in the post-pandemic economy

Everette Taylor, Lynn Perry Wooten, David Stillman and Jonah Stillman join Washington Post Live on Wednesday, March 22. (Video: The Washington Post)

The COVID-19 pandemic ushered in a new era of work with a greater focus on flexible models and employee well-being. Everette Taylor, CEO of Kickstarter, Lynn Perry Wooten, president of Simmons University, and David and Jonah Stillman, co-authors of “Gen Z @ Work,” join Washington Post Live to discuss the restructuring of work in the post-pandemic economy, the economic pressures in today’s labor market and the changing expectations of young professionals joining the workforce for the first time.

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“This new generation of workers especially have different expectations for their employers. I think people want to live healthier lives, they want to have more balance in their lives especially with the introduction of social media, people have identities and lives that are outside of their work.” – Everette Taylor (Video: Washington Post Live)
”We go from a pandemic to a social reckoning to political unrest to the banking crisis to what are we seeing happening in Europe, and so every day we have to get up and assure people that we have their best interest… Being a leader, you’re thinking about the individual, you’re thinking about the team but then you have to go up and what’s the best interest for the entire institution.” - Lynn Perry Wooten (Video: Washington Post Live)
“We say, ‘what is your preferred mode of communication?’ And the four choices we give are email, text, phone or face-to-face. And overwhelmingly each time we’ve run the study, the answer is face-to-face communication… Just under 85 percent of Gen-Z said that they prefer face-to-face communication.” - Jonah Stillman (Video: Washington Post Live)
“One of the biggest things we saw was the death of the participation award, all that collaborative millennials, baby boomers were like everyone, show up do your best, you don’t even have to be that good at it. We said to our kids, ‘there’s winners and there’s losers.’” – David Stillman (Video: Washington Post Live)
“Six percent of Gen-Z likes open-office concept. As they see, ‘get your nose out of my work, I actually want your job.’ And so I think what’s going to happen is that this collaborative group of millennials is not going to be ready, and because of the pandemic to your point, they haven’t had a lot of time actually managing in a face-to-face environment.” – David Stillman (Video: Washington Post Live)

Everette Taylor

CEO, Kickstarter

Lynn Perry Wooten

President, Simmons University

Author, “The Prepared Leader”

David Stillman

Co-Author, “Gen Z @ Work”

Jonah Stillman

Co-Author, “Gen Z @ Work”

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