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Older, wiser and more productive? New study

13 February 2017

The Wrike Digital Work Report asked for the opinions of 3,000 office workers in the UK, France and Germany to compare working habits. As well as monitoring differences in place, the work management and collaboration platform’s study looked at attitudes and experiences from respondents by age, ranging from 18- to 24-year-olds, to Millennials (25–34) through to those aged 55 and over.

Managing rising workloads

Key findings include work demands have increased in all three locations in the past year. The UK saw the largest variances between age groups in this respect. Over that period, 71 per cent of UK Millennials said individual workloads had risen, compared to just 42 per cent who said so from the oldest age bracket. In France and Germany it was more consistent across the board, ranging from 74 per cent among Millennials and 65 per cent among the over 55s in Germany, and 80 per cent and 69 per cent respectively in France. The study also at the impact of rising workloads on individuals and the generational aspect to coping with this. Feeling more stressed was particularly felt among Millennials, with 69 per cent citing that as the biggest change because of extra expectations, compared to 54 per cent among the over 55s.

Impact of workload on health

In a finding that should ring alarm bells for employers, a quarter of UK Millennials said they’ve taken more days off sick because of workload stress, compared to 13 per cent among those 55 and over. Moreover, 14 per cent of UK Millennials said they smoked more, compared to just three per cent of over 55s. In France, almost a third (29%) of Millennials said they smoked more because of the extra demands placed on them over the last year. Close to half (43%) of UK Millennials participating in the Wrike Digital Work Report believe their line manager expects them to work longer hours. This compares to a quarter of over 55s. A fifth of Millennials also think their manager expects them to take fewer holidays, compared to just three per cent of over 55s.

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