Many Generation Z workers entered the workforce for the first time in the midst of the pandemic.
As a result, one in five have never worked in person.
While the world learns to live with the ongoing health crisis and companies become more adamant about returning to the office, employers will need to have a better understanding of what these younger professionals need from their jobs.
According to a new study from Skynova, 61% of Gen Z workers stated having issues creating friendships when working fully remote, while 39% said it was difficult to find meaningful mentorships and opportunities to network.
As a result, 58% said they have plans to leave their remote position in the next year and will opt for hybrid or in-person arrangements instead. This speaks volumes for employee retention, which has quickly become one of the biggest challenges facing companies today.
Additionally, Gen Zers expect more from the employer in terms of social responsibility.
Organizations that are seeking to bring in these employees and combat the Great Resignation should keep this in mind when navigating their own culture: making a difference in the world is attractive to today’s top talent.