The multigenerational workforce is creating unique generational differences in experiences and attitudes towards trends in the workplace.
A recent survey published by FlexJobs, shed light on some of these generational divides, most of which stem from career optimism.
The survey included over 7,000 professionals from Gen Z, millennials, and Gen X, and found that 73% of Gen Z holds a more positive outlook compared to last year — feeling more optimistic about their career prospects and the job market compared to their older coworkers.
Gen Z’s is also revealed to be the least likely to plan a career move in the next year. On the other hand, 61% of millennials and 57% of Gen Xers, despite their less optimistic views, are more inclined to change jobs. This suggests a complex dynamic between job market perceptions and career mobility across generations.
The survey also suggests that remote work is still an important factor in both job satisfaction and choice. 80% of Gen Z, while not as heavily invested in remote work as millennials and Gen Xers, still cites increased productivity working in such arrangements. This preference for remote work is less about the generation and more about the changing nature of work itself, with flexibility and work-life balance becoming increasingly important across all generations.
Flexjobs’ survey also revealed common workplace stressors including excessive workloads and workplace expectations from bosses as two that were felt very similarly between the Millennials and Gen Z. More specifically, Gen Z’s top stressor was cited workplace expectations. However, both 31% of Gen X and Millennials cited workload as their top workplace stressor.
This kind of generational perspective offers valuable insights for employers and policymakers. Understanding slight differences and similarities in the multigenerational workforce is key to creating inclusive, productive, and satisfying work environments moving forward in the years to come.
As the age range of those participating in the workforce becomes more diverse, these trends will likely have a greater impact on shaping workplaces globally — influencing everything from recruitment strategies to workplace culture.