Opinion

Younger Workers Want Training, Flexibility, and Transparency.

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By Bhushan Sethi, Peter Brown, and Yalin Zhao

By Bhushan Sethi, Peter Brown, and Yalin Zhao

When business leaders look to the future, they need to consider external factors like the market forces shaping their industry. But they also have to take a close look at an important internal factor: the younger people who represent the future workforce. Understanding the wants and needs of younger workers can give companies a clear talent advantage.

What do younger workers want today? According to PwC’s Global Workforce Hopes and Fears Survey 2022, their biggest priorities are training, development, flexibility, autonomy, and transparency on social issues.

The survey was conducted in the spring of 2022 and drew responses from more than 52,000 workers in 44 countries and territories, making it one of the largest workforce surveys ever conducted. Of that group, generation Z workers (ages 18 to 24) comprise 11% of the respondent base, and millennials (ages 25 to 41) make up 46%.

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Bhushan Sethi is an Adjunct Professor at NYU Stern.