Taking time off work is essential for maintaining a healthy work-life balance. However, recent trends suggest that Gen Z workers (those born between the mid-1990s and early 2010s) are often reluctant to use their allotted paid time off (PTO). Together with Brooke Stemen, Director of Talent Acquisition, we delved into why this generation might be hesitant to take time off and how it impacts their well-being.

According to LinkedIn, “Some 78% of U.S. workers say they’re not using all of their paid time off, according to a new Harris Poll survey. The trend is most prevalent among millennial and Gen Z employees, who cited pressure to be productive and meet tight deadlines.”

Fast Company.com went further to highlight the key findings of the Harris Poll, which was developed by surveying 1,170 American employees over the age of 18. They listed the key findings of the poll as:  

The Guilt Factor:

Gen Z workers feel a unique sense of guilt when it comes to taking time off. They worry about being perceived as disengaged or uncommitted to their jobs. As a result, many choose to stay connected even during their supposed downtime.

Economic Uncertainty:

The state of the economy plays a significant role in Gen Z’s decision-making. With economic instability and job market fluctuations, many in Gen Z fear that taking PTO might negatively impact their job security. They’d rather stay active and prove their dedication to their employers.

Quiet Vacationing:

Rather than openly requesting time off, many Gen Z workers engage in what’s known as “quiet vacationing.” They take time off without informing their bosses, avoiding any potential judgment or scrutiny. This behavior reflects the tension between their desire for work-life balance and the reality of workplace expectations.

Constant Connectivity:

Gen Z grew up in a digital age, where connectivity is the norm. They’re accustomed to being reachable at all times, which can lead to a fear of missing out or falling behind. As a result, they may choose to work quietly during their supposed vacation time.

Company Culture Matters:

Taking PTO shouldn’t be merely a policy; it should be ingrained in company culture. Employers need to create an environment where employees feel encouraged to take time off without fear of repercussions. When PTO is normalized, Gen Z workers will be more likely to embrace it.

While Gen Z may be hesitant to take PTO openly, it’s crucial for their well-being and overall productivity. Employers should recognize the value of work-life balance and actively promote a culture that encourages time off. After all, a rested and rejuvenated workforce benefit everyone.

PTO at Green Key Resources:

Brooke Stemen highlights, “Here at Green Key Resources, our goal is to create a mentally positive environment, and PTO is a key component to a healthy work life balance.” She went further to explain saying, “We believe mentally healthy teams are the most productive! Our team achieves this by management fostering a healthy culture and encouraging their team to use their time off to disconnect and recharge.” Additionally, we follow the NYSE Stock Holiday schedule which features 10 paid holidays annually and summer hours from Independence to Labor Day.

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How to Tailor Your LinkedIn Profile for the Jobs You Want

You probably have a LinkedIn profile. Almost every working professional these days has one! In order to job search, network, and communicate, it has become a necessity in the corporate world. Formatting your LinkedIn profile is one of the earliest steps to tackle when job hunting. It is often the first reflection of yourself that employers and recruiters see, sometimes even before your resume. In a 2020 survey by Jobvite, 70% of recruiters use LinkedIn to vet their job candidates. So, it’s important to make tailor your profile to the exact jobs and companies you’re actively seeking.  

How Recruiters Find You on LinkedIn 

First things first. How do recruiters find you on LinkedIn? By searching specific keywords, such as job titles and headlines, they can generate results through LinkedIn’s advanced algorithm. According to Jobscan, “A recruiter is likely to begin their search with specific job titles, and candidates with a matching job title in their headline and experience headings will appear higher in results.” This can also be said of the “Skills & Endorsements” section of LinkedIn profiles. The stronger your keywords match their search, the more likely you’ll appear in their search. For example, if you’ve noticed many of the jobs you’re applying for require “proficiency in Salesforce,” make sure “Salesforce” is referenced in your skills.  

Additionally, recruiters can find you based on your location or network. LinkedIn allows them to curate their search through proximity and profile connections. Always include your current location at the top of your profile. If you are willing to relocate, Jobscan also instructs, “When logged into LinkedIn, click “Jobs” in the top navigation bar. Then, click ‘Career interests’ under the search bar to update your location preferences and other settings.” 

Tailoring to the Right Roles and Recruiters 

We recently published an article explaining how to format your resume, but doing so with your LinkedIn profile is just as key. First and foremost, LinkedIn themselves advises on the importance of your target audience.  

This can be taken into account with your intro section and summary. Your desired industry and location should be updated at all times. In your summary, LinkedIn recommends, “Explain how you’re different by showcasing your key skills, and how you want to impact, contribute, and add value. Focus not only on what you do, but also why it matters and your “superpowers” (i.e. key strengths that differentiate you.) To really stand out, consider adding a personal mission statement or leadership purpose statement.” 

When considering the type of roles you want, be sure to display the relevant work you’ve accomplished. Recruiters are not just interested in your recent job titles; they also want to see the results you’ve achieved and impact you’ve had on work projects. Including links, visuals, and portfolios to emphasize your skills will attract the attention of more recruiters.  

Let Recruiters Know You’re Searching 

This might seem obvious, but job seekers often forget to adjust their profile settings. LinkedIn allows users to appear “open to job opportunities” to recruiters without anyone at their current company being aware of this. Remember to adjust this setting in your account when actively job searching.  

Your LinkedIn is a chance to set yourself apart from other professionals. Tailoring your profile accordingly, even when you’re not currently seeking a new job, will keep you ahead of the game. You never know when the right set of circumstances could come your way.  

To connect with one of our talented recruiters or browse our openings, visit our job board and apply today! 

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