Global Survey Finds Younger Workforce Feeling Less Connected and Informed Working from Home
BELLEVUE, Wash., April 28, 2020 – Smartsheet (NYSE: SMAR), the platform for enterprise achievement, today announced that according to a global survey of professionals conducted by ENGINE INSIGHTS and commissioned by Smartsheet, younger generations across the US, UK, and Australia are having the most difficulty transitioning to remote work as a result of COVID-19.
Key findings include:
- Over three-fourths of global workers feel less connected; young workers especially so with 81% of Gen Z and Millennials.
- Nearly two-thirds of the global workforce feel less informed about what is going on within their company since they started working from home. Young workers feel it the most, with nearly 70% of Gen Z and Millennials reporting this across the US, UK, and Australia.
- Workers in the US, UK, and Australia also believe the amount of time spent on video calls each day is making it hard to get work done. Australian workers (61%) are significantly more likely to say this when compared to workers in the US (44%) and UK (52%).
“This research shows that the key to helping remote workers cope with the current circumstance, and thriving in the longer-term, goes far beyond simply connecting people and teams through video-based technology,” said Smartsheet CEO Mark Mader. “To be effective, people need to stay deeply connected to their work and the work of their teams. They also need context, structure, tracking, and visibility into their work. Providing those things is more important now than ever.”
The survey revealed several additional gaps in how younger and older workers approached productivity and workplace technology, including:
Generation Z and Millennials are finding it hard to communicate and gather information.
- Nearly half of American Generation Z and Millennials noted that communicating with colleagues has been difficult (48% and 46%, respectively). This sentiment is similar with Australian Generation Z and Millennial workers (45% and 55%, respectively) but only 32% of Generation Z and 48% of Millennials of UK workers find difficulties.
- Over 40% of American Generation Z and Millennials noted that collecting the information they need has been difficult (44% and 42%, respectively) with both UK and Australian young workers feeling similar (36% and 43%, and 31%, 52% respectively).
- Additionally, more than one-third (36%) of American workers said it is harder to give status updates on projects now that they’re working remotely with this number jumping to 49% for UK workers and 50% for Australian workers.
- Nearly 60% of Australian Generation Z and Millennials say it has been difficult to stay organized and prioritize the most important work (55% and 63%, respectively) while over half of UK young workers (48% and 55%, respectively) and 45% of US younger workers agree.
While usually seen as the most tech-savvy group of employees, younger generations are sticking to traditional platforms for getting work done. This may explain some of their struggles.
- The vast majority of American Generation Z (73%) and Millennials (71%) use email to track and/or measure their output. We see more variation between both UK and Australian Generation Z and Millennial workers (50% and 67%, and 52% and 70% respectively) with Millennials skewing more towards email than Generation Z.
- Interestingly, US men (21%) were far more likely to use messaging software as their most used tool to get updates on projects than US women (12%). US women were most likely to use email (60% versus 49%).
- Only 19% of US respondents say they use phone/video calls most often to get updates on projects, while UK respondents (24%) and Australian respondents (29%) use that form of communication more often.
The survey was conducted by ENGINE INSIGHTS among a sample of 1,004 U.S. adults ages 18+ who are currently employed, previously worked in an office setting but are now working from home due to COVID-19, and work for companies with 1,000+ employees. This survey was live on April 8-15, 2020.
The survey was conducted by ENGINE INSIGHTS among a sample of 1,004 adults in the UK ages 18+ who are currently employed, previously worked in an office setting but are now working from home due to COVID-19, and work for companies with 1,000+ employees. This survey was live on April 8-15, 2020.
The survey was conducted by ENGINE INSIGHTS among a sample of 502 adults in Australia ages 18+ who are currently employed, previously worked in an office setting but are now working from home due to COVID-19, and work for companies with 1,000+ employees. This survey was live on April 8-15, 2020.
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