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December 7, 2022

Young People Want to Return to the Office Says Old Guy Who’s Never Spoken to a Young Person

EY Chairman Carmine Di Sibio interviewed at Davos

EY Global Chairman and CEO Carmine Di Sibio is out here making some wild claims, namely that EY’s 20-somethings are eager to get back to the office.

From CNBC:

In the tug of war between returning to the office and working from home, Ernst & Young (EY) CEO and Global Chairman Carmine Di Sibio falls on the side of offices, and he believes younger workers are with him.

“We don’t really mandate anything, but we’re encouraging our people to get back to the offices,” Di Sibio told Yahoo Finance Live (video above) at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “We think that’s important to our culture. We’re finding that our 20-somethings, they want to be in the office. It’s our 38- to 45-year-olds — usually dual-income, young kids, that have moved to the suburbs — that don’t want to commute back into the city.”

I spend hundreds of hours on Reddit looking for content to poach so I don’t have to come up with fresh ideas and let me tell you, from what I’ve read it’s the parents who are aching to get back to the office, not the younguns. You would too if you had tiny terrorists prowling around your ankles at all times plotting ways to destroy the house and themselves.

I believe Mr. Di Sibio is also confusing early-career accountants feeling disconnected from the valuable learning experience of pestering your superiors which is NOT the same as wanting to be back in the office. They just want to learn. And to get a prompt response when they IM a dumbass question to their betters.

Thankfully the CNBC article also calls out his claim so I guess I don’t feel bad for putting him on blast like this:

A recent ADP study suggested that a majority of workers who are able to work remotely have become accustomed to that arrangement and even prefer it. Two-thirds of the workforce said they would consider looking for a new job if they were required to return to the office full-time. And contrary to Di Sibio’s view, the study found that 18-24-year-olds were the most reluctant group when it came to full-time in-person work.

EY’s 24-year-olds must be built different.

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1 Comment

  1. He’s not wrong. My staff and seniors go into the office to meet and interact. Partners and senior managers rarely ever go in. I’m not saying it’s true across the board but this perfectly summarizes forensics right now.

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