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One might assume that Gen Zers, born in the Internet age, would work from home. Nah.
At 43%, those aged 18-24 are the most likely to report that their productivity has decreased since they started working remotely. According to a Fortune SurveyMonkey survey of 2,802 adults in the United States between July 17 and 21.
It makes sense: Many of these workers are early in their careers or are just starting their first post-graduate job and are still learning the ropes of their new profession. This could be a challenge without personal instructions or a company that understands how to properly take a remote worker on board.
Overall, productivity results for remote work are poor. 29% of remote employees say they are less productive, 24% more productive and 47% equally productive. While some workers are more productive in avoiding distractions and commuting at work, many others, including parents who are under-served, have problems.
These figures question the national narrative that WFH has been and is threatening to get normal business – and commercial real estate in expensive cities – back on track after the crisis has ended.
And this proportion of more productive workers could be misleadingly high: many workers are being pushed to be more productive as employers fire their workers in large numbers, but this could be reversed as the economy improves.
At 33%, remote workers between the ages of 25 and 34 are the only age groups who are more likely to report that their productivity has increased rather than decreased (25% say the latter). Millennials are also the age group most likely to prefer to work entirely from home in autumn (48%). Compare that to 18- to 24-year-olds, the group that least wants WFH at 27%.
At least among millennials, WFH appears to be more than a phase.
* Methodology: The Fortune SurveyMonkey survey was conducted between July 17th and 21st among a national sample of 2,802 adults in the United States. The modeled error estimate for this survey is plus or minus 3 percentage points. The results were weighted by age, race, gender, education and geography.
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