The youngest employees in the workforce are being pulled in two different directions.
On one hand, of the groups that seem most primed to work remotely indefinitely, Gen Z leads the pack. They’re digital natives who seamlessly understand new productivity tools; it’s natural for younger workers, say, to communicate via DMs or video chat, technologies that some older groups have had to catch up to learn. Working from home – or other far-flung locales – seems a natural fit for this group.
However, as some workers push to stay entirely remote for good, Gen Z is not leading the charge – instead, they’re among those looking forward to a return to the office. This isn’t wholly surprising; among many reasons, Gen Z have missed out on some of the early career-advancement opportunities, while being stuck at home during the pandemic. But, at the same time, data shows they’re not entirely keen to take to desks daily.