The new great migration? Who really moved during COVID?

The creation of distant work introduced on a slew of new disruptions to our idea of labor, from how workers take into consideration office advantages, to extra enlightened definitions of work-life boundaries.

The pandemic has prompted employees to not solely take into consideration how they work, however the place. As Quick Firm beforehand reported, a 2021 report from City Land Institute and PwC demonstrated that employees’ curiosity in new properties and single-family actual property is on the rise (with most progress occurring within the suburbs and within the American south), and workplace properties will want time to regulate to evolving employee calls for (hybrid workplaces, anybody?). As of but, it’s nonetheless too quickly to say what’s going to turn out to be of business workplace buildings, with some cities displaying indicators of a comeback, whereas different locales proceed to show excessive emptiness charges.

Regardless, employees throughout generations have packed up and moved because the starting of the pandemic, however curiosity in migrating differs amongst age teams. In response to a latest survey from software program firm Qualtrics, youthful employees have been more likely to say they’ve moved away from their bodily workplace areas over older employees, which the authors declare is because of fewer tasks and fewer job safety:


  • 25% of Gen Zers reported transferring away during the pandemic
  • 16% of millennials reported altering areas
  • 9% of Gen X (born between 1965–1980) employees reported transferring away
  • 6% of child boomers (born between 1946-1964) reported transferring

Additionally from the report: 8% of city-dwellers confirmed that they’d packed up for new residing quarters during the pandemic.

The subset’s rationale for transferring away included the highest three causes: “I wish to be nearer to household and associates,” “I felt prepared for a change,” and “I wish to be someplace with extra space.”

The Qualtrics survey gathered responses from 4,000 employed people throughout the US, the UK, Eire, Australia, and New Zealand over two weeks in March 2021. Learn extra from the complete survey here.