Young people and the future of work


The Deloitte Global Millennial Survey 2020 reveals “resilient generations” in the face of the health and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the report exploring the views of more than 27.5K Millennials and Gen Zs, both before and after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, young people have remained focused on societal issues despite the multiple personal challenges they are facing. Instead of a “new normal”, they are willing to push for a “better normal” in which environmental sustainability, individual responsibility and diversity and inclusion at work are priorities. With regard to the pandemic-related labour disruption, more than 60% of Millennials and Gen Zs said that when the crisis is over, they’d like the option to work remotely more frequently, and seem more inclined than previous generations to consider stress problematic and mental health in the workplace important.


According to a LinkedIn survey, about one in three Gen Zs and Millennials in India would continue to work remotely until they feel safe from COVID-19. “As the business landscape resumes, older professionals appear keen on stepping out into the post COVID-19 world while younger professionals are not rushing to embrace it”, writes The New Indian Express. While 38% of Gen X declared they will willingly return to their workplace as soon as they are allowed to do so, 29% of Gen Zs and 32% of Millennials stated they would prefer to continue to work from home. 42% of Millennials are concerned about commuting to work. Other key concerns include inadequate space between workstations and being exposed to people neglecting safety precautions.