The majority of Gen Z workers want a hybrid job, and they are seriously debating whether to transition to a new job this year. For managers, these desires could present tricky puzzles.
Specifically, Microsoft’s 2022 Work Trends Index shows that 58% of Gen Z plan to change jobs in the coming year (compared to 43% of all workers). Fifty-eight percent are also considering switching to hybrid working (just over 53% of all workers) and 56% are considering fully remote working. (The study is based on a survey of 31,000 people in 31 countries, plus “productivity signals” taken from Microsoft 365 and LinkedIn.)
In technology, hybrid and remote work is a particularly important issue. With tech unemployment at a particularly low 1.3%, companies are keen to retain talent — and technologists want opportunities that offer them flexible hours and a solid work-life balance, too. of high pay. According to a recent Limeade survey, a lack of flexibility caused 20% of employees to quit their previous job; and burnout, a strong sign of a poor work-life balance, drove 40% of them to leave.
This is not a new problem either. in the dice 2021 Technologist Sentiment Report, 85% of technologists said they found the prospect of hybrid work somewhat to extremely desirable, including 94% of younger technologists (i.e. those aged 18-34). Even tech companies offering a hybrid work option are running into unexpected resistance from employees who want even more control over which days they want to work.
And yet, some managers are not yet listening to their employees about a preference for hybrid and remote working. In late 2021, the Future Forum Pulse survey asked 10,500 knowledge workers around the world about their company’s approach to flexible working. Some 66% of executives said they have designed their post-pandemic policies and 44% of executives said they want to go to the office every day (with their teams, presumably). However, only 42% of workers agreed that their managers were transparent about return-to-work plans.
Unless some of these managers change course and listen to their teams about work and scheduling preferences, chances are some of their valuable employees will walk out the door. At least for now, hybrid work seems here to stay, especially among Gen Z.