Report: What do Gen Z want from the workplace?

Before the pandemic, in the days when coming into the office on a daily basis was never disputed, young people were entering the world of work with an expectation that their work-life would regularly be in an in-person environment.

Now, two years on, expectations around this previous norm don’t look the same as they once did. Whether already a part of the workforce or soon to be, it can be safe to say that Gen Z’s will never experience the office in the same way that it used to be and the impact on what that means for the workplace has likely changed forever.

With many workers now comfortable in a remote set-up and enjoying the changes they’ve been able to make to their work-life balance, businesses have been tasked with proving the value of the office as they seek the answer to the ‘what’s in it for me?’ question being posed to them.

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To discover what it is that office workers (both present and future) now expect from the workplace, we conducted a survey of over 1,500 people across the UK, spanning four generations, 17 UK cities and remote, hybrid and office work environments.

What we gained from the data was an insight into shifting expectations of what the workplace should now be – particularly for new members of the workforce. We've put together everything we learned in our Future Leaders of the Office report.

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