Vocabulary in Context: Gen Z At Work – The New York Times


Test your vocabulary and reading comprehension with this quiz based on the Times article “Gen Z Knows What It Wants From Employers. And Employers Want Them.”
Choose the word or phrase that BEST completes each blank in the following paragraphs.
Danielle Ross is a 26-year-old who lives in a small town in upstate New York. She herself as artistic and creative. She paints in her free time, and she has worked as a mermaid for children’s parties, swimming in a tail she made herself.
Ms. Ross, who identifies as L.G.B.T.Q., couldn’t imagine working a job that required her to downplay her identity or her skills, which is why she was thrilled when Legoland New York Resort, a theme park in Goshen, N.Y., hired her to be its first female master builder. Ms. Ross has been given wide to use Lego bricks to create miniature cities throughout the park, drawing on her artistic side and her desire to promote diversity and inclusion.
“I’ve been building people of all different races and nationalities and religions and any type of thing I can imagine, because I want everyone to feel ,” she said. Her miniature figures are blind and plus-size. They have prosthetic legs and wear burqas. Recently, she created a Hasidic Jew.
The creative freedom has made Ms. Ross love her job — and that’s the point. In the past year, Legoland New York has joined a growing number of companies that are working to create an environment that is attractive and stimulating to younger employees and that embraces who they are and where they hope to go. By recruiting Generation Z workers — born in the late 1990s and early 2000s — the employers aim both to tap their energy and creativity and an acute labor shortage, with some 11 million unfilled jobs in May, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Last fall, Legoland began to allow employees like Ms. Ross to have piercings, tattoos and colored hair. A national hospitality company has begun to experiment with a four-day workweek. The health care company GoodRx is permitting employees to work not just from home but from anywhere in the country, enlisting an outside company to provide offices upon request. Other companies are carefully laying out career paths for their employees, and offering extensive mental health benefits and financial advice.
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The goal is not only to get younger employees through the door but also to keep them in their jobs, not an easy . Surveys show that younger workers are comfortable switching jobs more frequently than other generations. But, with these efforts, many companies have so far avoided the labor shortages afflicting their competitors.
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Reading Comprehension
Now that you've read the first several paragraphs of this article, let's see how well you understood it.
Which short summary below would you say BEST captures what the piece is about?
Danielle Ross has a dream job. Here's how you can get one too.
The Lego company is experimenting with an exciting range of new kinds of bricks.
To tap into the creativity of younger workers, and to offset a labor shortage, companies are offering flexibility and perks.
Workplace battles between Baby Boomers and Gen Z are heating up as employees are asked to return to offices this fall.


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