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.

Gen Z in particular, lacking the support systems and wisdom of their more experienced counterparts, may be more vulnerable to feeling lost in the new world of work. Employers looking not only to engage the newest generation of workers but to cultivate and nurture their skills will need to very intentional about their company policies and culture.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is the current deputy editor 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.

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