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Grad jobs news: Young workers desire social aspects of work

Published: Friday, 05 December 2008   Category: Life after graduation

While flexible working practices are becoming increasingly commonplace among UK firms, a new study has indicated that young people wish to work in the traditional office environment.

Research conducted by Vodafone has indicated that 60 per cent of 14-18 year olds are looking forward to the community aspect of full-time employment.

Some 20 per cent of 16-25 year olds believe flexible working can detract from this sense of togetherness, although only 15 per cent of those who have worked for at least 20 years were concerned about this issue.

David Cumberbatch, director at business psychology firm Xancam, says: "Employers need to work hard to think and act in ways that will get the best out of Generation Y: not only to know where trouble could be brewing, but to be successful in inspiring and developing talented individuals."

Vodafone UK enterprise director commented that technology was helping to redefine the working environment, but it should not be forgotten than socialising is a "very important" aspect of working life.

Research conducted by FreshMinds Talent recently indicated that professionals aged 26 and younger desire more working benefits than their older colleagues, as reported by Onrec.com.

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