Climate crisis set to reshape workforce as Gen Z, millennials commit to sustainability


A survey by Deloitte has found that Gen Z and Millennials’ concerns around climate change is impacting their view on the workplace.

The survey reveals that despite some advancements, the younger generations remain concerned about their future.

As COVID-19 recedes, Gen Z and millennials’ experiences in the workplace have evolved. Notably, they demand more flexibility and better work/life balance, valuing hybrid and remote work models. Deloitte Global Deputy CEO, Michele Parmelee, emphasised the importance of employers listening to their needs and addressing their concerns to maintain resiliency and effect change.

The survey also underscores worries about personal finances, climate change, and mental health.

Nearly half of the Gen Z and millennial respondents claim their job is central to their identity but are seeking more part-time and flexible work opportunities. Despite recognising progress in work/life balance and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, they worry this momentum may falter due to external economic factors and global issues like the war in Ukraine.

The report also dives into lifestyle and career decisions based on environmental concerns. More than half of respondents have researched a brand’s environmental impact before accepting a job, indicating a strong trend toward climate-conscious career choices. Gen Zs and millennials are pressuring businesses to take climate action, but they also want employers to provide training and support to make sustainable decisions.

Deloitte Global Deputy CEO and Chief People and Purpose Officer Michele Parmelee said, “Gen Zs and millennials are striving for better work/life balance. They’re looking for employers who can help empower them to make a difference.”

“It is crucial for employers to understand these generations and continue to drive progress on the challenges that matter most to them. This will not only help boost productivity and retain talent—it will ultimately build trust and value for business in society more broadly.”

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