Remote working is harder for Gen Z and millennials

Generation Z and millennials find it harder to work from home due to the spread of COVID-19 compared to other demographics.

According to research from Smartsheet, the platform for enterprise achievement, 89 per cent of Generation Z and 91 per cent of millennials find it difficult to remote work.

Where as 79 per cent of the UK workforce feel less connected to their team whilst working remotely, 85 per cent of Gen Z and 81 per cent of millennials feel this way.

Just over two-thirds (68 per cent) of UK employees feel less informed about what is going on in their company since the lockdown, in contrast, 79 per cent of Gen Z and 69 per cent of millennials admit to feeling the same. Also, only 66 per cent of Gen X and 67 per cent of Baby Boomers feel like this.

Almost half (48 per cent) of Gen Z said remote working has made it difficult to stay organised and prioritise the most important work. Also, 48 per cent of millennials said that communicating with colleagues has been difficult.

Mark Mader CEO of Smartsheet said:

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. 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.

However, Business Comparison a commercial financial comparison website for businesses has compiled the best songs for employees to listen to whilst remote working. Current artists who made the list are:

  • Work From Home (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) – Fifth Harmony
  • Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
  • Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa
  • Adore You – Harry Styles


The survey was conducted by ENGINE INSIGHTS who spoke to 1,004 adults in the UK aged 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.





Darius is the editor of HRreview. He has previously worked as a finance reporter for the Daily Express. He studied his journalism masters at Press Association Training and graduated from the University of York with a degree in History.