Coworkers and cubicle "Friendship with colleagues is essential for employees to build a fulfilling relationship with work and remain at an organization long term," says Joe Du Bey. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The COVID pandemic dealt a fatal blow to the traditional view of the 9-5 office job. After two years, companies are just starting to develop a solid foundation for what the new paradigm of work will look like. Workers of all generations are also finding their place in this new order (or opting to pursue alternatives), but some might have a more difficult time than others.

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to BenefitsPRO, part of your ALM digital membership.

  • Critical BenefitsPRO information including cutting edge post-reform success strategies, access to educational webcasts and videos, resources from industry leaders, and informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM, BenefitsPRO magazine and events
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including and

© 2024 ALM Global, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Request academic re-use from All other uses, submit a request to [email protected]. For more information visit Asset & Logo Licensing.

Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.