Gen Z Workers Want Hybrid Work… and They’re Willing to Jump Jobs

The majority of Gen Z workers want hybrid work—and they’re seriously debating whether to jump to a new job this year. For managers, those desires could present some tricky conundrums. 

Specifically, Microsoft’s 2022 Work Trend Index shows that 58 percent of Gen Z are considering a job change in the year ahead (versus 43 percent of overall workers). Fifty-eight percent are also considering a shift to hybrid work (slightly more than 53 percent of overall workers), and 56 percent are considering all-remote work. (The study is based off a survey of 31,000 people in 31 countries, in addition to “productivity signals” drawn from Microsoft 365 and LinkedIn.)

In tech, hybrid and remote work is a particularly important issue. With the tech unemployment rate at a notably low rate of 1.3 percent, companies are anxious to retain talent—and technologists want opportunities that offer them flexible schedules and a solid work-life balance in addition to great compensation. According to a recent survey by Limeade, a lack of flexibility had driven 20 percent of employees out the door at their previous jobs; and burnout, a solid sign of bad work-life balance, led to 40 percent of them leaving. 

This isn’t a new issue, either. In Dice’s 2021 Technologist Sentiment Report, 85 percent of technologists said they found the prospect of hybrid work anywhere from somewhat to extremely desirable—including 94 percent of younger technologists (i.e., those between 18 and 34 years old). Even tech companies offering a hybrid work option are running into unexpected resistance from employees who want even more control over which days they want to work. 

And yet some managers aren’t yet listening to their workers about a preference for hybrid and remote work. In late 2021, the Future Forum Pulse survey asked 10,500 knowledge workers around the world about their companies’ approach to flexible work. Some 66 percent of executives reported designing their post-pandemic policies—and 44 percent of executives said they wanted to go into the office every day (with their teams, presumably). Only 42 percent of workers actually agreed that their managers were being transparent about the back-to-office plans, though. 

Unless some of those managers change course and listen to their teams about work and scheduling preferences, there’s every chance that a portion of their valuable employees will walk right out the door. At least for the time being, hybrid work seems here to stay—especially among Gen Z. 

3 Responses to “Gen Z Workers Want Hybrid Work… and They’re Willing to Jump Jobs”

  1. Back in the day, I had to wear a suit and tie to work. None of that wrinkle-free stuff, you had to IRON your clothes, especially those cotton shirts. And the Gen-Zs… Awwwww, they don’t like coming in to work.

    If they don’t want to work, then they can stay home, move back in with mommy and daddy, and continue to act like a total loser for the rest of their pathetic lives until they finally figure out that life is not so easy.

    Wait until the government plays games with your career like they did with us, then you lose your job, then you can’t find a job.. for several years. Then you have to work at the fast food place, deliver pizzas, work for the angry bosses who hate everybody and blame you for something you didn’t do.

    And guess what? Then you have to show up for work, or face the consequences like getting you car repo’d, foreclosing on your house.

    A good job is hard to find. Working for great people and a great company is by far worth more than being allowed to work from home. When you find one, keep it. Don’t be a dopey pre-madonna and go somewhere else so you can work from home, only to be immersed in bad politics and work in a toxic environment.

    • Connor Smith

      It’s weird that the article is chalking it up to Gen Z individuals, because there A LOT of older folks who are starting to want to work from home now. My company has been around for nearly 100 years, and we’re very old fashioned. However, we’ve been using COVID measures as an opportunity to make working from home easily accessible for all of our employees for the foreseeable future. As long as they’re getting their work done and productivity is high, why should we complain? Let’s put our old values to rest and accept the world will continue evolving with or without us. Not only are you fighting a pointless battle, but you’re trying to paint a picture of a generatio being sissies all while acting like a bigger one yourself. What we call an “OK Boomer” moment.

    • Peter Smith

      Listen, just because you were a looser it doesnt change anything. Your only argument is that YOU did not have this option because the internet and clear VPN technologies werent as well spread back then. You are acting our of psychological trauma here, because you are weak men.

      We can iron shirts and learn how to make tie like real men WITHOUT going into the office. There is simply NO NEED to go into the office everyday for like almost every job out there. And so many jobs can be easily done remote all the time.

      You are whining like weak men here while the young adventurers today are fighting for their rights like strong men.

      There are actually many benefits to working from home, for the EMPLOYER but you weak men cannot understand. Even if strong men explain to you, you cannot understand because you are weak men.

      Kind Regards,
      Strong men.