People fear being replaced by technology, Gen Z worries about impact of remote work

March 24, 2022

Gen Z workers’ worries about remote work and their careers as well as cross-generational worries about being replaced by technology were among the trends found in a study released last week by LHH, a division of Adecco Group. . The research focused on preparing workers for the future of work and taking on their next roles.

Some 2,000 participants from different age groups in the financial sectors of the US, UK and France were included in the part of the published research.

Among the discoveries:

  • Women remain less confident in their career paths. Although 84% of women believe they have the skills to progress, the results of the study revealed that women are more anxious than men about their next career move. At the same time, men feel they can grow their careers more than women.
  • Generation Z is the most vulnerable group of workers. The lack of in-person workplace connections, training opportunities, and work-life balance have all impacted how Gen Z feels about remote work and their careers in general.
  • Workers fear that technology will replace them. More than a third of respondents identified as ‘technophobes’, expressing genuine concern about whether their skills would have a place in an increasingly tech-dominated world. Older technophobes (particularly between the ages of 45 and 54) worked 40% harder than their peers to keep up, while showing less self-confidence.

The study “not only allows us to design more impactful and relevant solutions to the challenges facing the workforce, but also provides much-needed insights for business leaders looking to better understand their employees and the changes they need to to improve retention and overall productivity,” said Mary-Clare Race, psychologist and chief innovation and product officer at LHH.

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