Future of Work survey show differing priorities between younger and older workers

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Future of Work survey

Employers and employees alike must grasp the dynamics of the future of work in light of the quickly evolving employment landscape. These dynamics are illuminated by a ground-breaking survey carried out by Reeracoen, a pioneer in Singaporean HR services, in association with Rakuten Insight Global. The survey provides priceless insights into the attitudes of Singapore’s workforce with regard to automation, artificial intelligence (AI), remote work, and the gig economy.

Upskilling and automation to address generational concerns

304 respondents from a range of generations and sectors participated in the “Future of Work” study, which indicates that they are all concerned about how automation would affect the workforce. This issue transcends generations, highlighting how vital it is to constantly upskill in order to be competitive in a time where technology innovations rule the roost. The results highlight how urgently people and organizations must change and adapt to face the new difficulties brought about by these disruptions.

Generational gaps: Remote work vs. technological changes as a priority

The survey’s finding about the varying priorities of younger and older workers is noteworthy. Research indicates that Gen Zs and Millennials are more likely to favor remote job possibilities due to their desire for flexibility and a healthy balance between their home and professional lives. Baby Boomers and Gen Xers, on the other hand, are more concerned with the technological changes occurring in the workplace and how these changes may affect conventional employment arrangements.

The development of mixed work models

According to the poll, there is broad agreement that hybrid work arrangements will eventually become the standard in office settings. This adaptable strategy, according to over half of the respondents from both younger and older generations, is essential to meeting the demands and preferences of a diverse workforce. This suggests a dramatic change in company culture, away from the conventional 9–5 office layout and toward more flexible and customized work schedules.

Evolution of leadership

Younger respondents to the study predict a shift toward more sympathetic, decentralized leadership styles. This is a reflection of a larger expectation that leaders will encourage inclusive and supportive work environments and facilitate flexible working options. The focus on empathic leadership points to a rising understanding of the value of professional development and progress in addition to mental health and well-being in the workplace.

Important survey results and their significance

  • Technological impact vs. remote work: The poll reveals a generational gap in priorities, with younger workers prioritizing remote work and older generations worrying about the effects of technology on the workplace.
  • Upskilling and job security: Both sides emphasize the need for upskilling in order to stay competitive in the labor market of the future, while also acknowledging the possibility of job loss as a result of automation.
  • Work-life harmony and styles of leadership: Expectations about work-life balance and leadership styles clearly differ throughout generations, which indicates that businesses must adjust to these changing expectations.


The “Future of Work” survey’s findings provide enterprises with a road map for negotiating the challenges posed by the changing nature of the labor market. According to Kenji Naito, CEO of Reeracoen, “The insights underscore the workplace shifts occurring and the need for organizations to embrace these changes to thrive.” Naito also highlights the need of agility, creativity, and inclusion. To improve team retention, productivity, and competitiveness, employers are urged to focus employee well-being, embrace diversity, promote continuous learning, and improve remote working capabilities.

For companies seeking to future-proof their workforce plans and operations in an era of rapidly advancing technology, the “Future of Work” poll is an indispensable resource. As time goes on, the capacity to change and grow will determine an individual’s and an organization’s success in the dynamic workplace.

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