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It’s right to worry about office-shy youngsters, but they’ll figure it out

Gen Z workers do want to return to the office – and a system that works for them

Lara Williams

UK chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak sparked a bit of social media debate last week when he stressed how important it is for young people to return to the office, saying it is crucial for their career progression.

He extolled the benefits of being in person to learn directly from mentors and establish long-lasting connections. “I doubt I would have had those strong relationships if I was doing my internship or my first bit of my career over Teams and Zoom,” he told LinkedIn news. It’s a concern that’s been echoed by many senior executives in London, including most recently Abrdn CEO Stephen Bird, who reportedly said he didn’t think he would have been noticed on Zoom.

While Sunak said any return to the office would be gradual and it was up to businesses to decide, he was criticised by some for being out of touch with what young people want...

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