While the assumption that the digitally native Generation Z would easily adjust to the transition to remote working, studies have actually indicated otherwise.
Research from Ten Spot has revealed that Gen Z experienced major challenges during this shift, particularly in terms of productivity, mental health and skill development.
In fact, 54% of Gen Z workers stated being less productive when working from home. For this reason alone, employers need to address these issues accordingly in order to make sure that all workers are engaged and productive.
One of the biggest hindrances for Gen Z were the distractions of home. Although employers can’t necessarily control their workers’ home office environment, they can contribute tools that make sure they aren’t working from their couches.
Providing them resources like a desk, ergonomic office chair and monitors are some easy foundational blocks to build a healthier home office.
“For some Gen-Z workers, this might be their first professional work experience post-college—and they may need some guidance on structuring their days to maximize productivity,” said Sammy Courtright, co-founder and Chief Brand Officer at Ten Spot. “Managers need to consider a more hands-on approach, and part of their job training should include tips on ways to structure their days.”
In addition to offering insight into the best way to manage their remote working schedules, business leaders should also consider more frequent check-ins with their Gen Z employees to make sure they are on the same page, as well as simply connecting with them on a human level.