It has become clear that, as companies redesign and reimagine their workspaces for a return to some form of normal, corporate office culture is going to experience a permanent shift. And as Gen Z continues to enter the workforce en masse, they begin their careers in a completely different working environment than any previous generation before.
This situation presents some unique challenges that companies across industries are going to need to adjust to. The current generation of managers will have less of a shared experience in beginning their career with Gen Z. As we remove or reinvent common spaces and consider heavier investment in remote working and partial staffs, we are again removing points of connection between new employees and their incumbent colleagues.
The almost entirely remote work culture will eventually give way to a return to the office. Some companies are already beginning to bring back employees in small numbers. As this continues, companies are exploring how changes to the office can be used to engage their employees, and particularly Gen Z, in this new environment. To do this companies need to understand the new normal and the challenges the organization is facing around training employees, incorporating them into a new culture so they feel engaged, and optimizing the office to support these changes, whether temporary or permanent.