Millions of people across the world are embracing working from home as part of the coronavirus pandemic. Remote working has allowed people to stay safe and employed during a climate of social distancing. Unfortunately, the change hasn’t benefited everyone – at least according to a study from Microsoft that shows Gen Z workers, in particular, are struggling.
A new study released on Monday showed that of the over 31,000 workers surveyed, 73% hoped that they could continue remote working when the pandemic is over. Even Gen Z job applicants were more likely to apply for jobs with remote working options. These workers also face unique challenges.
Gen Z workers, those born between the mid-90s and mid-2010s, responded to the survey by saying they are more stressed and appear to be struggling more than their peers. These workers tend to be single and feel more isolated. They also don’t have the financial means to create an efficient office space at home because they are so early in their career. These workers are also not having those important in-person meetings that help them get on good terms with their boss and lead to potential career advancement.
Of course, Gen Z is not alone in the struggle. Tech employees working from home with children have faced resentment from colleagues over failing to balance working from home with their children learning at home. While some companies have tried to offer more paid time off to help with this, tech industry employees, in particular, say they feel more overworked than ever before.
Employees also indicated they want more flexibility over when and how they work. 73% of people said they wanted to work remotely, with 46% of people saying they planned to move and continue working remotely. Even so, 67% of people said they wanted more in-person work and collaboration as well.
The survey highlights the complex world created by the virus and how things will look once social distancing and remote working measures end. For now, Microsoft encourages companies to invest in technology to help employees bridge the gap between physical and digital worlds to allow teams to work in the office or remotely. The company also recommends giving Gen Z workers more career support.