Gensler has been researching workplace since 2005. This past year, we conducted multiple workplace surveys in various geographies and points in time – gathering insights from workers across industries, locations, and generations to explore a shift in expectations.
We analyzed the data to understand how the experience of working from home is affecting workers of different types—and found some interesting data points about generational differences.
Broadly, younger respondents are feeling less productive and less satisfied working from home. They are less likely to feel they’ve accomplished the work they need to do at the end of a typical day, and overall feel like they’re getting less work done while at home.
Younger workers are also less aware of how their work connects to a larger organizational mission and are more likely to feel stressed while working from home.
We now know, for many young professionals, unplanned interactions with leadership are the networking and mentorship touchpoints they need to move forward in their careers, and that has been sorely lacking as we work from home.