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Young workers 'geared up for office life'

Published: Thursday, 11 December 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Young people entering the working world for the first time look forward to the sense of community that life in the office brings, it has been claimed.

According to business psychologist David Cumberbatch, university leavers desire contact with colleagues both from the perspective of enhancing their social life and enabling their development.

He comments that office life, rather than flexible working, enables workers to have more guidance, structure and focus to their day and to their working life.

Mr Cumberbatch added: "[Flexible working] can be a little bit intimidating for those people entering the workplace, who actually want more of a traditional working structure."

The latest volume of the 2008 Working Nation Report, published on December 3rd 2008 by Vodafone, reveals that the younger generation value hierarchy and are afraid of isolation and loneliness if they work from home.

Some 56 per cent of respondents view the social aspects of work as being the most important benefit other than salary.

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