A recent survey found that the younger generation prefer working from the office to remote working, unlike baby boomers, who would rather work from home.
The study, which polled 1,000 employed adults in the UK aged 18 and over, demonstrates the differing preferences between the multi-generational workforce, finding that those aged under 35 feel they are most productive in the office, while only 19 per cent of those above 55 agree.
For younger workers, this preference could be due to the fact that they require the face-to-face support of experienced co-workers, as 28 per cent found getting hold of colleagues or managers a challenge when working remotely. But 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.
Flexible working is becoming more widespread, more socially acceptable and is steadily being implemented more successfully, as 73 per cent believe their company have a good flexible working policy. As a result, 64 per cent 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”.