Pure Telecom, the Irish-owned high-speed broadband and telecoms provider, announced the results of a survey which found that Gen Z office workers are more likely to work in the office in some capacity following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions than all other older generations.
It found that 92% of office workers in county Cork will work from the office in some capacity following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.
The survey also noted that 97% of Gen Z office workers, those aged 18 to 23, will be working from the office on a full or part-time basis.
Overall, 32% of office workers will work from the office full-time following the easing of restrictions.
Pure Telecom’s survey of 500 office workers in Ireland asked them about their plans when COVID restrictions were eased.
Speaking about the results of the survey Paul Connell, CEO, Pure Telecom, said:
“It has been a long two years and younger workers may be feeling that they are missing out on the social aspects of being in the office. But it is clear from our research that the future is in hybrid working and what works for one generation may not work for another.
“People have become used to a work-life balance that allows them to enjoy time with their families and friends, or take on extracurricular activities. These things are important for employees and many would find it very difficult to replace these with long, unnecessary commutes twice a day. But the learning, collaboration and social life that the office brings is important too and it is particularly valuable to younger generations who are just starting out in their careers, and who are looking to expand their social circles.
“As businesses continue to struggle to hire, they must make sure they are doing everything they can to attract and retain the best talent; many will not even consider a job that doesn’t offer flexibility anymore. It’s vital for companies to work with their employees on their individual needs and ensure that they have the policies and systems in place to make it work.
“More and more premises across the country are getting connected to high-speed broadband and the desire for hybrid working makes this even more of a necessity. Work needs to be accessible to all employees; whether they are working remotely from a rural village, or in an office building in a city.”