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The rebellious young generations that wanted workplace flexibility are missing the office most

Young woman working from home
Reuters/Adnan Abidi
A perk no longer.
  • Cassie Werber
By Cassie Werber



When millennials and then Generation Z entered the workforce, they didn’t seem to be huge fans of the 9-to-5 office life. These younger generations, which had grown up with mobile technology, knew they could easily work from a café or couch, or a beach town far from the city. They demanded more flexibility, ranging from four-day work weeks to remote-work options.

So it may come as a surprise that the workers who miss the office most in the Covid-19 era are the youngest cohorts.

An April 2020 survey of 1,000 working Americans, conducted by software company Smartsheet, found that the youngest workers were stuggling the most with working from home, despite being the most tech-savvy. More than 70% of Gen Z and over 60% of Millennials felt less informed about what was going on at work, compared to around 50% of their older colleagues.

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