FlexJobs' Generations at Work Report reveals stark differences in attitudes about the job market
BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 25, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- According to FlexJobs'® Generations at Work Report, 73% of Gen Z workers said they feel more optimistic about their career prospects today than they did at this time last year. Comparatively lower, 43% of millennials said they are more optimistic and only 31% of Gen Xers reported feeling more optimistic.
While 39% of Gen Xers and one-third of millennials said they are actually more pessimistic about their career today compared to last year, only 14% of Gen Z said the same. The remaining respondents reported that there was no change in how they feel.
"At a time when multiple generations are actively participating in the workforce, we hope these findings offer valuable insight for companies and underscore the importance of providing flexible workplace policies that can create common ground among workers at every age," said Toni Frana, Lead Career Expert at FlexJobs.
FlexJobs' Generations at Work Report, which ran from August 2 to August 17, 2023, explored the attitudes and experiences of more than 7,000 Gen Z, millennial, and Gen X professionals making up today's multi-generational workforce. Summarized findings below.
2023 Generations at Work Report
Attitudes About the Job Market
Attitudes About Remote Work
Younger workers are reportedly less interested in working from home full time. When asked about their ideal work arrangement, 22% of Gen Z workers preferred a remote-only arrangement. However, almost half of millennials (45%) and roughly two-thirds of Gen X (62%) said their ideal work arrangement is remote 100% of the time.
Gen Z favors a hybrid, mostly in-office work environment.
Hybrid, mostly in-office, with occasional remote work time - 43%
Remote only, completely working from home - 22%
Hybrid, mostly remote, with occasional in-office work - 16%
Hybrid, remote with 2-3 days in the office - 14%
In the office full-time, not working remotely at all - 5%
Millennials are open to remote and hybrid environments.
Remote only, completely working from home - 45%
Hybrid, mostly remote, with occasional in-office work - 24%
Hybrid, remote with 2-3 days in the office - 17%
Hybrid, mostly in-office, with occasional remote work time - 11%
In the office full-time, not working remotely at all - 3%
Gen X has the strongest preference for remote-only work arrangements.
Remote only, completely working from home - 62%
Hybrid, mostly remote, with occasional in-office work - 20%
Hybrid, remote with 2-3 days in the office - 12%
Hybrid, mostly in-office, with occasional remote work time - 4%
In the office full-time, not working remotely at all - 2%
Workers across generations struggle with similar challenges, particularly excessive workloads and ambiguity around job roles and expectations.
Top stressors for Gen Z
Unrealistic expectations from boss - 26%
Lack of knowledge to complete tasks - 23%
Excessive workload - 23%
Ambiguity around job role and expectations - 22%
Lack of direction to complete tasks - 21%
Job security - 20%
Top stressors for millennials
Excessive workload - 31%
Unrealistic expectations from boss - 31%
Ambiguity around job role and expectations - 27%
Lack of direction to complete tasks - 26%
Lack of knowledge to complete tasks - 25%
Work-life boundaries - 21%
Top stressors for Gen X
Excessive workload - 31%
Ambiguity around job role and expectations - 28%
Work-life boundaries - 25%
Job security - 22%
Unrealistic expectations from boss - 22%
Lack of time - 21%
For more information, please visit https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/generational-snapshot-of-the-workplace-and-job-market or contact Shanna Briggs at [email protected].
*FlexJobs created the survey, which was promoted to general audiences and its subscribers/members primarily through social media and newsletters. FlexJobs used a multiple choice and multi-select question format via SurveyMonkey's online platform. The survey ran from August 2, 2023, to August 17, 2023.
Demographic breakdown of the 7,062 respondents: Gender: women (65%), men (33%) prefer not to identify/self-describe (2%); Generation: Gen Z (14%), millennial/Gen Y (48%), Gen X (38%); Education: less than a high school degree (3%), high school degree or equivalent (11%), some college but no degree (22%), associate's degree (11%), bachelor's degree (34%), graduate degree (19%); Career level: entry-level (13%), experienced (51%), manager (22%), senior level manager (10%), executive (4%); 49 percent had children 18 or younger living at home with them.
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