Podcast Season 5

Episode #8: Generational perspectives on work, rest and play

In this episode of Being Human, Jo and Peter are joined by their twenty-five-year-old team member Emma to discuss the generational shift in perspectives on work, rest, and play. From Baby Boomers to Gen Z, they explore how different age groups approach work-life balance, purpose, and identity. Diving into the world of intergenerational workplace dynamics, the impact of digital culture, hobbies, mental health and the quest for a meaningful rest vs work ethic, they draw on the wisdom of the God Story to seek a better narrative. The episode wraps up with three practical spiritual habits – rest, solitude and communion – for navigating these challenges.  

Part one (00:00)  
00:40 Meet Emma: behind the scenes to on the mic.
01:10 Today’s topic: generational perspectives on work, rest, and play. 
02:39 Gen-z, millennials, Gen-x and boomers: understanding the generational categories  
05:06 The Being Human lens: a way to explore the cultural stories. 
07:06 Participation: what does each generation look for in work? 
14:31 Play and rest: hobby and volunteering culture across generations.  
16:40 The God Story: purpose and gifting. 

Part two (19:58) 
20:00 Significance: does your identity come from your work?   
25:52 Anxious generations: shifts in work perception and uncertainty. 
29:05 Work, identity, and rest: a biblical perspective.  
33:30 Connection: gen-z in the digital age and conflict in relationships.  
38:50 Presence and place: flexibility and the future of work. 
45:15 A better story with three spiritual practices: rest, solitude and communion.  
49:22 Finishing up: do get in touch!

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