During the pandemic, workplace satisfaction has shifted, especially among Gen Z. According to a Gallup survey, the percentage of disengaged individuals under 35 increased from 12% to 17% between 2019 and 2022.
Young Millennial and Gen Z workers attribute their declining work engagement to factors such as insufficient care or developmental support, limited learning opportunities, lack of close friends at work, and a perception that their opinions hold little significance.
Why This Matters
Low engagement impacts profits and increases job turnover. According to Gallup, workplace disengagement costs $7.8 trillion annually. The pandemic highlighted the ineffectiveness of current work designs for young employees. CEOs in North America are mandating full-time office returns, but Gartner data suggests this worsens the situation. Opting for flexible or hybrid office attendance is crucial as 65% of employees’ job satisfaction depends on it. As employers and leaders, we should strive to motivate and involve the next generation by adapting to new working formats and procedures.
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