Remote or home working more of a preference for baby boomers than millennials

Perhaps it’s something to do with the housing issues many people from the younger generations now have to deal with; i.e. either live with parents or endure an overpriced house share, but those under 35 are reported to actually prefer working from the office to remote or home working. This differs from baby boomers, who would rather work from home. According to the survey by Maintel there are differing preferences between the multi-generational workforce, with those aged under 35 feeling they are most productive in the office (48 percent), while only 19 percent of those above 55 agree. Another reason why younger workers cling to the office is due to the fact that they require the face-to-face support of experienced co-workers. The survey also discovered that 28 percent found getting hold of colleagues or managers a challenge when working remotely. And it may also be down to the social aspects of office life and when seeking promotions – ensuring the visibility of hard work. On the other hand, older employees have responsibilities at home, and remote working allows them to be more efficient with their time.

The report indicates that flexible working is becoming more widespread, more socially acceptable and is steadily being implemented more successfully, as 73 percent believe their company have a good flexible working policy. As a result, 64 percent say they don’t feel micromanaged when working remotely. However as demonstrated by this survey, it’s important to note that one size does not fit all when it comes to planning staff management.

Rufus Grig, CTO at Maintel, said “Rather than forcing the blanket adoption of either home working or office working, companies must have flexibility to allow employees to work where they feel most productive and ensure they have the right tools to keep in touch wherever they are. By doing so, they can expect a boost in employee performance, recruitment and retention – and of course a more streamlined and efficient machine”.

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