- Google searches for ‘how to overcome imposter syndrome’ are up by 170%
- 68% of Gen Z say the key to building trust at work is in-person contact
Increased Google searches over the last year for ‘how to overcome imposter syndrome’ (+170%) show how the pandemic and home working has contributed to workplace anxieties.
A study of 1,000 US workers by travel management company, TravelPerk, investigated attitudes towards home and office working, revealing over half of Gen Z (16–24s) face imposter syndrome when working from home. This is compared to only 1 in 10 (11%) of those over 55, highlighting how working from home is having a greater negative impact on younger generations, who are less established in their careers.
It also found half (48%) of Gen Z and the majority (54%) of millennials are experiencing burnout since working from home.
The impact of home working on younger generations was further reflected when respondents were asked how they learn best at work. 6 in 10 (61%) of Gen Z said the best way is by being around colleagues in person, again highlighting how important it is for younger generations to spend time with their more established colleagues in order to learn. The majority (68%) of Gen Z also said in-person contact is the key to building trust and strong working relationships.
As well as attitudes towards home and office working, the study explored attitudes towards business travel and work meetings. It found that almost three-quarters (72%) of Gen Z do more prep for in-person meetings than they do for online meetings, showing how virtual meetings may be less productive for this generation. However, Gen Z are eager to attend face-to-face meetings – they are the generation most likely to view business travel as a job perk (54%) and say business travel will be an important perk for them when looking for a new job. This is compared to only 13% of over 55s who said the same.
In addition to Gen Z wanting business travel as a perk, the study also highlighted the benefits of business travel for the younger generation, who find travel more inspiring than older members of the workforce. Over half (53%) of Gen Z say they have the best business ideas while traveling, compared to only 18% of 45–54-year-olds and over 55s.
Huw Slater, Chief Operations Officer at TravelPerk said of the findings:
“After over 18 months of remote and blended working, there has been much discussion around both home and the office and which is the most beneficial to employees. We wanted to speak directly to US workers to gauge their thoughts on getting ‘back to business’. Overall, we found there was a clear desire to get back to seeing colleagues face-to-face, especially for the younger generations. We’re innately social, with 59% of Gen Z telling us they are concerned about a lack of team spirit when they work from home. They also find business travel inspiring and say that they build better relationships in person.
“While we can all recognize the convenience of being able to jump onto a Zoom call for less-essential meetings, usually the best ideas, the best relationships – and the best results – happen when we meet face-to-face.”
For more findings from TravelPerk’s ‘Back to Business’ research, visit their blog.