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Workplaces typically have workers from different generations (especially when the organization is large), and every generation has experiences and lifestyles that help shape their attitudes to work.
Return-to-work policies following the looser, remote work allowances of the COVID-19 pandemic have created something of a generational divide in the workplace. Generation Z (people born between 1997 and 2012) and Generation Y or millennials (born between 1981 to 1996) tend to be more favorable towards fully remote work than the older generations.
Generally speaking, older generations are used to working at the office and working hard, sometimes at the expense of a healthy work-life balance. These older employees accepted remote working due to the emergency, but some couldn’t wait to return to in-person work, despite discovering the benefits of a reduced commute and greater daytime flexibility. This is not true of everyone because no generation is monolithic, but recent studies have borne out the fact that younger generations tend to prefer remote work.