If you’re of a certain age, you can remember a time when it was thrilling to be permitted to wear jeans to the office on Fridays. Today, however, it barely causes a ripple in many offices if someone traipses in wearing yoga pants and flip-flops.
Media would have us believe that many workplaces have devolved to resemble campus hangouts: Dogs run free, employees go on group jogs at lunchtime, and it’s totally normal to respond to a message from your boss with a picture of a dancing parrot.
Although stories of ping-pong, beer kegs, and team off-sites to learn cheese-making definitely make for juicy media fodder, they’re not a true reflection of how most employees—millennials included—actually want to engage during their workdays.
My company surveyed 1,000 full-time workers in the U.S., and as it turns out, they aren’t as content as you might assume with the blurring of lines between personal and professional lives and the relaxing of workplace norms.
In fact, our new research found a “silent majority” of workers who prefer to come to the office, get their work done, and skip the socializing. Survey respondents issued a strong rejection of many workplace behaviors that seem to have gone mainstream. I’ll admit, I was just as surprised as anyone to see that age and gender had little to do with workers’ feelings.
Source: Fast Company