Deloitte’s Gen Z and Millennial Survey identifies flexible and remote working as an opportunity to improve work/life balance has been saved
Deloitte’s Gen Z and Millennial Survey identifies flexible and remote working as an opportunity to improve work/life balance
- Gen Zs and millennials in India are more optimistic about the economic and sociopolitical situation than the global average.
- While 28 percent Indian millennials are more concerned about unemployment, 25 percent of Gen Z respondents consider education, skills, and training as the top concern areas.
- Majority of the Indian Gen Zs and millennials have a paying job in addition to their primary jobs.
- 68 percent Gen Zs and 72 percent millennials have put pressure on their employers to act on climate change
Mumbai, 18 May 2022— According to Deloitte’s 2022 Gen Z and Millennial Survey, these generations are deeply concerned about unemployment, education, and mental health issues. Soliciting the views of 801 respondents (500 Gen Zs and 301 millennials) from India, the study showcases increased financial optimism amongst Indian Gen Z and millennials.
Additionally, good work/life balance, positive work culture, and access to learning opportunities are the top priorities for these generations when choosing a new workplace. The survey also indicates a growing demand for hybrid/remote work arrangements as it helps them save money and allows them to spend more time for a hobby and with their families.
During the survey, it was found that 88 percent of Gen Zs and 91 percent of
millennials believe that the world is at a tipping point in responding
to climate change. Compared with their global counterparts, a vast majority
of Indian Gen Zs and millennials are trying to minimise their personal impact
on the environment. There is also a positive sentiment amongst these
generations regarding the actions/initiatives being taken by large companies as
well as the government to mitigate climate issues.
SV Nathan, Partner and Chief Talent Officer, Deloitte India said, “With the increasing demand for hybrid work arrangements, Deloitte’s survey reveals that if Gen Zs and millennials were in charge, they would prioritise and allow employees to work flexible hours to improve work/life balance. It has become imperative for all organisations and business leaders to play a role in supporting their employees in setting boundaries to protect work/life balance.”
Here are the key highlights from the survey:·
- Financial concerns and the prevalence of side jobs: With over two thirds of Gen Zs and 8 in 10 millennials feeling confident that they’ll be able to retire comfortably and pay all their monthly expenses, financial concerns are of less importance in India compared with the global average. Furthermore, a large proportion of Indian Gen Zs (62 percent) and millennials (51 percent) have an additional paying job in addition to their primary job.
- Flexible work as an opportunity to improve work/life balance: About 19 percent of Gen Zs and 23 percent of millennials state that if they were in charge, they would allow employees to work flexible hours and remotely to improve work/life balance. A third option for Gen Zs would be to experiment with reduced working weeks, but Indian millennials would rather prioritise ensuring that those employees who work part-time have comparable career advancement opportunities to full-time employees.
- Growing emphasis on protecting the environment: About 95 percent of Indian Gen Zs and millennials try to minimise their personal impact on the environment. Compared with Gen Zs and millennials globally, Indian Gen Zs and millennials strongly agree that large companies are taking substantive/tangible actions to combat climate change and that their national government is highly committed as well.
- Most of the Gen Zs (68 percent) and millennials (72 percent) have persuaded their employers to act on climate change, which is significantly higher than the global average.
- Gen Zs and millennials in India want to see their employers invest in areas, including banning single-use plastic, providing training and incentives to help people make better environmental choices.
- Growing demand for hybrid work arrangements: Just like the global average, majority of the respondents would prefer a hybrid working pattern. The survey revealed that 66 percent of Indian Gen Zs and 67 percent of Indian millennials would prefer this arrangement.· Economic and political outlook: The optimism regarding the economic and sociopolitical situation amongst the Indian Gen Zs is like that in 2020 with about half of the respondents thinking that these situations will improve in the next 12 months.
- Top issues of greatest concerns: This year, Gen Zs cited education, skills, and training as the top concerns in India, while Indian millennials are more concerned about unemployment. Additionally, climate change/protecting the environment is the next concern for both groups, which is in line with their global counterparts.
The 2022 report reflects the survey responses of 14,808 Generation Zs and 8,412 millennials (23,220 respondents in total), from 46 countries across North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific. The survey was conducted using an online, self-complete-style interview. Fieldwork was completed between 24 November 2021 and 4 January 2022.
In addition to the survey, in April 2022, a virtual qualitative assessment was conducted with 15 Gen Zs and millennials from Australia, India, Japan, the UK, and the US. The participants shared their personal thoughts on questions related to their societal concerns, finances, the future of work, climate change, and mental health.
The report represents a broad range of respondents, from those with executive positions in large organisations to others who are participating in the gig economy, doing unpaid work, or are unemployed. Additionally, the Gen Z group includes students who have completed or are pursuing degrees, those who have completed or plan to complete vocational studies, and others who are in secondary school and may or may not pursue higher education. As defined in the study, Gen Z respondents were born between January 1995 and December 2003, and millennial respondents were born between January 1983 and December 1994.
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