‘Baffles me!’ Bev Turner brands Gen Z ‘tech zombies’ in fiery rant: ‘Put a rocket up their backsides’

‘Baffles me!’ Bev Turner brands Gen Z ‘tech zombies’ in fiery rant: ‘Put a rocket up their backsides’

Bev Turner hits out at Gen Z

Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman

Published: 02/04/2024

- 19:32

Updated: 03/04/2024

- 08:33

A new report suggests managers find working with Gen Z a 'nightmare'

Bev Turner has branded Gen Z ‘tech zombies’ during a fiery debate about the generation.

The comment came about during a lively GB news discussion about their capabilities after a report suggested managers find working with youngsters a ‘nightmare’.

Being adept with smartphones and social media was pinpointed as a downfall by Bev who said that as a result, they have ‘everything they could want’ in the palm of their hands.

“There’s this idea that there’s not much point, they look at buying a house and think they’ll never be able to afford a deposit”, she said.

A Gen Z'er uses a smartphone and Bev Turner

Bev Turner calls Gen Z 'tech zombies'


“What do they have to aim for? I think a lot of them have completely lowered their standards.

“They’ve got everything they want in the palm of their hands.


“Somehow we have to wake them up and put a rocket up their backsides to go out and get a job.”

Bev went on to add that young people often find people who share their lives on social media platforms such as Instagram and YouTube as their biggest source of inspiration.

“If you look at their generation of Instagrammers and YouTubers, it baffles me”, she said.

“Their job is often just filming their day. Some of the people my children look up to get up in the morning, film their breakfast and tell you what they are wearing.”

Bev Turner holds up a smartphone

Bev Turner questions whether Gen Z are lazy


Henry Hill

Henry Hill said young people find influencers aspirational


Henry Hill from ConservativeHome defended young people who often seek inspiration in people they see online.

“If you think about it, it’s aspirational. We’ve always had this”, he said.

“We used to always watch programmes about rich people renovating their houses, they weren’t houses we could afford, but we enjoyed it.

“We have magazines looking into stars’ lives, it’s kind of the same thing.”

A Telegraph report exposed employer exasperation towards Gen Z with sales boss James McNeil dubbing them a ‘nightmare’.

“We’d book interviews [but] people wouldn’t turn up, or they’d turn up late, or they’d turn up and were wildly unprepared,” says McNeil, who now runs Ready2Lease, a car leasing firm.

“They didn’t know anything about what they were doing, what they were there for.”

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