Gen Y 'against' flexible working

Generation Y employees are less in favour of flexible working strategies than their older counterparts.

The cohort has a surprisingly negative view of those who work flexibly or part-time as they feel it is indicative of a lack of commitment to their jobs, according to research by Doyle Clayton.

More than 1,000 UK workers were interviewed as part of the study and 31 per cent of Gen Y employees - defined as people aged between 25 and 34-years-old - thought that employees who stayed at home at least twice a week are not as devoted to work as those who are totally office based. The average across all age groups was only 21 per cent.

On top of this, 27 per cent of Gen Y staff also believe part-time employees are not as dedicated, compared to an average of 19 per cent who are also of this view.

Speaking to HR Magazine about the findings, Doyle Clayton partner Tina Wisener said she was "extremely surprised" by the views espoused by Gen Y staff.

"I think this can be put down to them being what I sometimes call the 'have-it-all' generation. They want all the advantages for themselves, but don't necessarily want others to be afforded the same privilege if it affects them negatively," she added.

Ms Wisener also stated part of the reason for the opinions is that many younger workers do not have to fight for flexibility, unlike the experiences of older workers.

With Gen Y staff now typically holding more and more top level positions in companies, they have been exposed to the potential headaches associated with flexible working and their views reflect this.

As Doyle Clayton points out, it would be dangerous to assume that staff in their 20s and 30s will automatically be supportive of flexible working, as many may think it will only lead to more work for them.

What do you think of flexible working? Do you agree with Gen Y's scepticism?