Australia's Gen Y think they perform well "chained to a desk"

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Melbourne, July 7 (ANI): A recruitment survey has revealed that more than half of young Australian professionals think they are at their best performance in the office when they are "chained to their desks".

The survey, on approaches to work by recruiters Robert Walters, showed that just 3 percent of the Generation Y professionals polled believed doing most of their work at home was best.

Only 5.5 percent believed a wireless "on-the-move" strategy of handheld devices and laptops was the key.he survey found the generation commonly thought to be most comfortable with workplace flexibility seemed more traditional than their Gen X and Baby Boomer counterparts.

When asked what approach to work gave the best results from them, 58 percent of Gen Y went for the "majority office" option compared with 50.5 percent of Gen X and 44 percent of the Boomers.

The next most favoured option was an "even split" between the home and the office. But even here Gen Y at 33 percent was less than Gen X at 39 per cent and the Boomers at 38 per cent.

Robert Walters' managing director James Nicholson said for some younger workers an office environment could be seen as a better start - especially in tougher financial conditions.

"If Gen Y have struggled for a year and a half to earn decent money maybe it's been a bit of a reality check and gotten people thinking 'well, working in a formalised environment with support around me might be more helpful to my long-term career'," News.com.au quoted Nicholson as saying.

Nicholson said while most of us still prefer a "majority office" approach it was important for employers to take the time to work out what brought out the best from their staff.

"If someone only wants to work part-time within a flexible working arrangement and it adds value to business without disrupting it then it would work," he said.

"But if asking for flexi-time you should also be prepared to give something back," he stated. (ANI)

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