New research from Sharp has revealed that European office workers are worried about the future of their career prospects due to lack of training and upskilling opportunities while working remotely.
These findings raise concerns that there could be a ‘career lockdown’ for digital natives as opportunities to progress slow down.
The majority of workers under the age of 30 found that remote working has made them more productive, while technology has helped them complete their job more effectively.
Still, 61% of the 6,000 respondents stated that working remotely has made it more challenging to stay in the loop about things going on within the company.
“There is a growing trend that the youngest generation of workers, as ‘digital natives’ who know how to use tech, can be left to their own devices, to figure it out alone,” said Viola Kraus, future of work organizational psychologist. “It’s important to make sure the fundamentals of work that are key to career development aren’t left behind.”
Additionally, 55% said they feel isolated from their team and over half stated they are struggling to maintain their motivation.
While younger workers have spent the majority of their lives using technology, they still need to be taught new business skills in order to see any career development.
So it is up to business leaders to ensure that employees are being encouraged to learn new skills in order to help them with career prospects in the future, while also keeping them engaged.