Nine in Ten Millennials Expect More Flexible Working
According to a recent survey, most employees aged between 25 and 34 will be expecting expect greater flexibility in their typical working week post COVID-19.
The findings from a poll of over 1,000 UK office workers conducted by flexible office specialists, Workthere, reveal a marked contrast between the expectations of Millennials and older workers, with 87 per cent of 25 to 34 year olds surveyed indicating they expected to have input on flexible working moving forward – compared with 60 per cent of those aged 55 or over.
A preference for shorter hours and more flexibility is particularly evident among younger workers, with almost 79 per cent confirming that they already work less than the national average of 38 hours a week in the United Kingdom. With trends for a more relaxed approach to work appearing among younger workers, it is likely the growing pursuit of flexibility will continue for generations to come.
Interestingly, workers aged between 45 and 54 are twice as likely to work more than 38 hours per week than their Millennial colleagues, with 40 per cent admitting to overworking (compared to 20 per cent for the younger age group).
Furthermore, despite older workers already working more hours than their younger counterparts, it appears Millennials still desire to work fewer hours, with almost 86 per cent of the survey sample from this age bracket indicating their “ideal” working week will involve less than 38 hours a week (a figure that compares to 78 per cent for the 45 to 54 year old age group.
With hybrid working models combining office based work and working from home set to continue longer term, these findings suggest developing demand for better flexibility among the future generations of office workers, and possible growth in demand for flexible office spaces.
Cal Lee, Global Head of Workthere, comments: “With so many people working from home this year, it’s clear that this is altering the approach and attitude towards what we previously perceived to be a standard working week.
“With the younger generations now used to having flexibility in their week, be it when or where they work, it appears this desire for more freedom is a trend that is set to develop further as the UK continues to recover from the pandemic.
“This in turn may see more and more businesses re-evaluate their previous practices and make changes to accommodate this.”
Additional information on the research which was conducted in August 2020 by TFL is available at https://www.workthere.com/en-gb/news-guides/research/how-has-the-uk-ideal-working-week-changed-since-2019/.