Jodie Foster wishes she had Gen Z’s ability to say no earlier in her career

Jodie Foster recently complained that Gen Z is ‘really annoying’ to work with because they don’t show up until 10:30am or use proper grammar – but now the Oscar-winning actress has admitted she wishes she had a certain trait the younger generation when she started.

During a Hollywood reporter during the roundtable discussion, she revealed that the one thing she wishes she had known at the start of her career was that “you can say no.”

“For whatever reason, when I was young, I didn’t know I could say no,” says the 61-year-old Real detective Star said before praising the newest class of employees.

“That’s the good thing about this new generation; they feel very comfortable saying no,” she added. “Very, very good at setting boundaries and saying, ‘I don’t like that’ and ‘I want to do this.’ And I didn’t know that was possible when I was young.”

She sat next to stars Brie Larson, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Sofía Vergara, Naomi Watts and Anna Sawai, who nodded in agreement.

Nicole Kidman on “finding a compromise with your manager”

It’s all great to have the confidence to respond to your employer’s demands, but without the support of your boss, speaking out may have little impact – or worse, it could damage your career prospects.

As Kidman noted, “You need the support when you say no from the others and say, ‘Yes, that’s fine.'”

“That’s the beauty of when you’re in a position to produce energy, wherever you go, we have to listen to this, we have to honor this, and we have to change the way we do something,” the Prime Minister said. Moulin Rouge star added. “That’s an incredible position to be able to operate from.”

Rather than outright refusing to complete tasks, you may find more success if you try to find a compromise with your manager.

“There’s always a solution, but of course the bosses don’t want to hear no,” Aniston agreed.

Not all bosses will agree that saying “no” is a good career move

While Foster praised Generation Z’s ability to express their boundaries, the very same trait has generally brought a negative stigma for the generation.

Just last month, a CEO voiced complaints about Generation Z when a young job candidate refused to do a 90-minute task because it “seemed like a lot of work.”

Meanwhile, prosecutor turned reality star Judge Judy said young workers’ track record of resisting overtime could destroy their careers.

“You only get a bad rap if you deserve it… When you have a bunch of kids entering the workforce saying, ‘I don’t like working after four o’clock,’ ‘I don’t work on Saturdays,’ ‘Sunday is football.’

“Well, if you want to be successful at what you do, you have to be there first thing in the morning and close the shop. Someone will notice.”

Recent research from Resume Genius also shows that 45% of employers find Gen Z to be the most difficult generation to work with, while 50% of Gen Z hiring managers agree with this sentiment.

But with stress and burnout among workers rising rapidly and mothers still punished heavily by traditional work norms, researchers predicted that the youngest generation of workers could “transform workplaces for the better.”