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Work Schedules Look Different to Younger Workers

Work Schedules Look Different to Younger Workers

April 26, 2023
70% of younger workers said they would quit their job in favor of one with more control over their schedule.

Figuring out strategies to accommodate younger workers entails being open to ways of working that are taking new directions. 

One recent direction involves when employees want to work. While working at home has somewhat altered the exact working hours, work is still generally done around a 9-5. schedule. 

Well according to a survey from Adobe which interviewed over 5,500 workers globally, the youngest generation of workers are three times more like to prefer logging into their laptops to work well into the night as compared to older generations, as reported on Yahoo Finance. 

Only 6% of Boomers work from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m., while 26% of Gen Z likes working during these hours. Looking at millennials, 18% prefer after-hour working as does 13% of Gen X.

How important are these preferences? Well, 70% of the younger workers said they would quit their job in favor of one with more control over their schedule, according to the article. 

Research from the study showed that currently, more than 50% of Gen Z workers plan to leave their companies because of time and productivity issues. Conversely for those who stay at companies schedule and location flexibility are at the top of the list. 

As is the case with other preferences for younger workers, managers need to adjust the philosophy that it's not the hours that are important, as long as the work gets done.  In an article on Fast, a couple  of years ago , Robert Pozen, a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution said that "People should spend real time figuring out what their goals, priorities, and objectives are, and agree on success metrics on how you can tell after a week or a month whether you have achieved those.”

Collaboration on this is an excellent way to feed into the overall desire of younger workers to work in a collaborative environment. In a recent article from the Harvard Business Review, the authors note that helping Gen Z workers includes giving them room for autonomy. They say: " Gen Z seeks to make informed decisions on their own. They need room for experimentation to prove themselves. Thus, in order to keep them motivated, flex your management style and give them greater room and autonomy to explore and figure out improvements in work processes. They might surprise you with a better outcome."

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Dave Blanchard, Editor-in-Chief: During his career Dave has led the editorial management of many of Endeavor Business Media's best-known brands, including IndustryWeekEHS Today, Material Handling & LogisticsLogistics Today, Supply Chain Technology News, and Business Finance. In addition, he serves as senior content director of the annual Safety Leadership Conference. With over 30 years of B2B media experience, Dave literally wrote the book on supply chain management, Supply Chain Management Best Practices (John Wiley & Sons, 2021), which has been translated into several languages and is currently in its third edition. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at major trade shows and conferences, and has won numerous awards for writing and editing. He is a voting member of the jury of the Logistics Hall of Fame, and is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.

Adrienne Selko, Senior Editor: In addition to her roles with EHS Today and the Safety Leadership Conference, Adrienne is also a senior editor at IndustryWeek and has written about many topics, with her current focus on workforce development strategies. She is also a senior editor at Material Handling & Logistics. Previously she was in corporate communications at a medical manufacturing company as well as a large regional bank. She is the author of Do I Have to Wear Garlic Around My Neck?, which made the Cleveland Plain Dealer's best sellers list.

Nicole Stempak, Managing Editor:  Nicole Stempak is managing editor of EHS Today and conference content manager of the Safety Leadership Conference.

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