The debate surrounding the ideal post-pandemic work environment has been heating up in 2023, with companies either switching between remote and hybrid work, or completely enforcing traditional office hours setups.
According to LinkedIn’s latest Workforce Confidence survey, 18% of U.S. professionals were working in a hybrid model as of August 2023 — only a slight increase from 17% at the same time in the previous year.
However, among all the tug-of-war, the hybrid work model seems to be holding strongest among millennial workers. LinkedIn analyzed the age demographics and found that millennials, or those ages 27 to 42, are “more likely to be working hybrid than those of older generations.” The survey reveals that 20% of millennial employees are working hybrid jobs as of Aug. 2023.
This percentage falls when comparing to gen x and baby boomers. LinkedIn reports that 17% of gen x employees and 15% of baby boomers are working hybrid jobs.
The ability to mold the traditional 9-to-5 workday to accommodate both professional and family tasks is proving to be invaluable for the millennial employee demographic. Childcare is reportedly one of the factors contributing to this trend. Many millennials are parents of young children, and the flexibility that hybrid work can provide may allow them to better balance professional commitments with school and other responsibilities.
Additionally, most millennials have around 5 to 15 years of work experience on their resumes, presenting more opportunities to insist on hybrid work terms because of their seniority, according to the report.
Some top-tier companies are still recognizing the need to maintain flexibility, even if it’s less than during the pandemic. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy mentioned a return to the office for at least three days a week. Similarly, Zoom is adopting an approach to hybrid work requiring employees living near an office to be onsite two days a week.
While some employees have expressed concerns about these mandates, the overarching sentiment is clear: hybrid work is not going away. The work model seems poised to dominate the future of work. Millennials make up the majority of the workforce, so this group being at the forefront of the trend makes it even more clear that this work model will continue to gain more traction in the coming years.