Generation Xers and baby boomers are more likely to push for more flexible work environments than tech-savvy Generation Z, according to a new global study by Accenture.

Accenture’s survey of over 9,000 workers around the world found that 90% of the global workforce was working locally before the pandemic. The survey found that 83% of respondents identified a hybrid work model where employees could work at least a quarter of the time away from the office – as optimal for the future.

74% of Generation Z would like more opportunities for personal collaboration with colleagues, compared to only 66% of Generation X and 68% of Baby Boomers.

“Hybrid working, where employees can work remotely or in the office, was a growing trend before Covid-19,” said be Morgan, Managing Director of Accenture New Zealand.

“When [countries] was suspended, thousands more employees had to find a way to work remotely and stay productive, “he says.

“Companies have been forced to increase their remote work capacities by moving their operations to the cloud and introducing flexible work arrangements for their employees,” says Morgan.

“Now with [restrictions lifting] and the ongoing vaccine rollout are pushing employees to leverage their technology investments and adopt hybrid working. “

The Accenture study showed that hybrid working is better for employee health.

“Our research shows that people who work in different locations, such as the office or from home, have fewer burnout incidents than employees who work exclusively from home or exclusively in the office,” says Morgan.

“The question for business leaders is now less where the employees should work and more how we can increase employee morale and productivity? For many workers, part of the answer is hybrid working, ”he says.

Morgan says the pressure on employees for more remote work agreements is due to our experience with lockdown and greater appreciation for better work-life balance.

“While hybrid work models can be beneficial for worker wellbeing, workplaces need to ensure that they give older colleagues space to pass knowledge on to those entering work,” he says.

“It’s no surprise that 74% of Generation Z would like more opportunities to collaborate with their colleagues in the workplace. Despite being digital natives, they know a lot of knowledge in the workplace is through face-to-face interactions and informal training, “adds Morgan.

“While businesses should seek hybrid work as a way to improve employee productivity and well-being, they also need to balance that with cohesion and training from older workers.”