Today’s younger generation, the Gen Zers in particular, don’t like stress — and they live their lives to actively avoid it. They are all about positive vibes and self-care, which they wouldn’t compromise for anything. And there’s a lot other generations can learn from them — especially when it comes to life balance.
Having been raised in the digital age, Gen Zers are used to ordering anything they need with a click or two. It is not a novelty for them — and this convenience-based thinking is useful.
For Gen-Z, nothing has to feel like a chore — not even ongoing household admin.
Here are four ways Gen-Zers are redefining everyday tasks and choosing convenience over conventions — and how we can follow their example and put our feet up too:
1. Reducing the stress of cooking
One of the things that Gen-Zers aren’t really big on is cooking — particularly after a hectic day at work or even school. This is why the fast-food (and fine dining) industry, riding on technology, keeps booming. Why wear an apron after five hours in traffic when you can literally pick up your phone, swipe through menus and place an order that reaches your door within an hour? For those of us who aren’t regular users of these services (like Jumia Foods), you could save yourself a lot of hassle by having the odd date night in: light some candles, put on a playlist, and relax.
Gen-Zers typically dread housework and chores. But who wouldn’t want such a burden lifted off their daily itinerary? A few years back, any sort of household-related task was deemed essential and, perhaps, a source of domestic pride for the Baby Boomers (and earlier generations), But for Gen-Zers, such tasks are now on the brink of extinction and give way to “me-time”. But that doesn’t take away the realities. Now in their twenties, they are beginning to think of moving away from their parents’ homes into their own spaces, while still wanting to take the yoke of housekeeping off their necks.
Savvy Gen-Zers once again turn to digital for the solution: using services such as SweepSouth Connect, an innovative on-demand home services platform that connects you with pre-vetted professionals. In this way they help to save them time and help them keep a beautiful home.
3. Shifting the workplace values
The Gen-Zers are the next workforce generation joining companies around the world — and their priorities are beginning to shift company values. Most companies are now allowing the Gen-Z worker to define their career path on their own terms instead of following a traditional step-by-step plan. Flexible working hours, remote working options, and a workplace that prioritises mental health are becoming essential to attract and retain Gen-Z talent. All other generations, past and future, are benefitting from this know-what-you-want attitude and the emphasis on work-life balance.
4. Ease of mobility
Gen-Zers are a generation that isn’t mobile-first, but mobile-only. So when they’re out and about, they want a mobile option — without worrying about making physical payment for their trips. Apps like Uber have realised this and are now offering various payment solutions for commuting, adding convenience and eliminating concerns about physical payments and receipts. While Millennials may still have an idea what a receipt spike is for, a Gen-Zer wouldn’t have a clue — and that paperless system is a benefit to all of us.
The language of this generation is comfort, convenience and ease. But, thanks to the world keeping up with their demands, any one of us can live like a Gen-Zer and lap up the convenience it brings.
Brands like SweepSouth Connect understand this and thanks to technology and smart thinking premium cleaning services can be accessed by this generation and indeed all like-minded persons who aspire towards comfort and enhanced living.