Go to the office 4 to 5 times a week if you're young and want to score a promotion, says a corporate leader


Corporate leader Kevin Ellis, the chair of PricewaterhouseCoopers UK, believes that junior employees should prioritize being physically present in the office if they aim to advance in their careers. He emphasized the importance of spending four to five days a week in the office, citing the evolving role of generative AI in the workplace. According to Ellis, as AI takes over tasks traditionally handled by junior staff, it becomes crucial to maintain face time and foster in-person collaboration. 

However, the transition to in-office work post-pandemic has presented challenges for many companies. Notably, CEOs such as Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase and David Solomon of Goldman Sachs have similarly advocated for junior employees to increase their office presence for mentorship and career development opportunities. A recent US survey revealed that remote employees are less likely to receive promotions and raises in 2023, underscoring the professional trade-offs associated with remote work.

 As for the response of the youngest members of the workforce, Gen Z, to this advice, it remains uncertain, as the generation continues to exhibit ambivalence towards office attendance.  

 The Axios Vibes survey by The Harris Poll has revealed surprising levels of satisfaction with the economic situation among Americans, despite some negative sentiments in certain segments of the population. This contrasts with ongoing weak consumer sentiment polls, largely attributed to the lasting effects of 2022's inflation. Specifically, when asked about their personal financial condition and that of their local community, Americans express a characteristic of optimism.

Notably, economic well-being significantly impacts electoral outcomes. While political affiliation influences the responses received, the survey has found that when individuals are questioned about their personal finances rather than the broader economy, their optimism shines through, as evident in the Axios Vibes poll.

Key findings include 63% of Americans rating their current financial situation as "good," with 19% considering it "very good." These percentages are in line with the average results from previous Harris Poll surveys. The survey, conducted online from December 15-17, 2023, included a nationally representative sample of 2,120 U.S. adults.

Furthermore, Americans' outlook for the future is positive, with 66% believing that 2024 will be better than 2023, and 85% feeling they can improve their personal financial situation in the coming year. These sentiments align with Wall Street estimates projecting continued growth in GDP and real wages.

An astounding 77% of Americans express contentment with their current living situation, even among renters who have experienced significant housing cost increases. Moreover, many renters express little interest in homeownership, with 63% indicating a preference for renting. To their benefit, asking rents have begun to decline, and homeowners are benefiting from low mortgage interest rates and increasing property values.

A majority of Americans are confident in their job security, with 63% describing it as "a sure thing." This confidence is supported by the high number of job openings in the country, the greatest seen before the pandemic.

In summary, the survey indicates that a greater number of Americans believe in the strength of their community's economy, a sentiment that is supported by economic data.  

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