Can young people thrive in a world of remote work?


Four months after office dark in the United States, Nicole Jao, 22, started her first job as a cybersecurity risk consultant. She never expected to launch her career remotely from her apartment in West Los Angeles.

With little more than the constant ping of notifications vying for her attention throughout the day, Jao says she longs for “that camaraderie of spending time with your coworkers” and “of spending time with them at happy hours. after … it’s a little difficult to conceive that [social atmosphere] on your own. “Plus, learning the ropes of a new job in a remote environment means Jao has to defend herself more openly than she would like.” I’m more of an observant employee, “she said. She prefers to be discreet, rather than “constantly saying to herself ‘SOS I need help'”.

Without these foundations, Jao had to adapt. She has learned new ways to absorb information and clues essential to her job, saying, “When you are far away you have to be very clear about the help you need and the help you are looking for. As a new graduate and new hire, it definitely affects the way I can learn ”.

Across the country in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Katie Dillon, 22, a recent graduate and software engineer at the SeatGeek mobile ticketing platform, says her professional life is markedly different from what she envisioned as a student. For one thing, she doesn’t live near the company’s New York headquarters. And, instead of a commute where she imagined sipping coffee while getting ready for the day ahead, Dillon says she gets out of bed 20 minutes before my standing meeting. She usually turns on her computer while still in her pajamas, fixing her hair to “hide the headboard”.

The lifestyle changes the pandemic has sparked go far beyond frantic efforts to look presentable for a morning Zoom reunion. As the pandemic has made offices unsafe, the recent graduates The traditional career paradigm of moving to the city, commuting to a job, and perhaps living with friends at a similar point in life has suffered a dramatic and indefinite hiatus. Young workers have learned to temper their expectations, while companies have been forced to foster the development of greener employees without the convenience of human contact.

“It’s getting harder to connect”

“When you’ve worked in an organization for a long time and then you’re forced to work from home, you benefit from those long-term relationships” with colleagues, says Amanda Jones, senior lecturer in human resources. management at King’s College London. “People know you. People know what you are capable of.

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