Generations that have grown up with the internet want to work remotely. Good luck getting them to return to the office, according to one expert.
Barbara Steel, PhD, managing director at EY’s People Advisory Service, told attendees at her keynote at Future of Work Expo 2022 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that the new generation of workers loves its independence.
“Thousands of boomers are retiring every day,” Steel said. “The generations replacing them desire remote-work opportunities.”
She pointed to a global work study that queried more than 18,000 respondents from 26 countries. Two issues stood out:
Steel talked about “Why Imagining the Future of Work is A Real Thing.” As far as working from the office on a regular basis, “Businesses have correctly realized that we can never go back,” she said.
Steel said the top three reasons people switch jobs these days are:
Employees appear to be more optimistic post-pandemic, while employers say they’re less optimistic. According to the survey, only 57% of employees “trust their employer and feel supported by them.”
For employers interested in appealing to the new generation workers, Steel says certain techniques have been successful:
The verdict is in. Businesses must offer remote work options if they want to appeal to the new generation of workers.
“For Millenials and Gen Z workers, they only know the digital world,” Steele said. “Remote work is natural to them.”
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