Millennials & Gen-Z are opting for ‘poly work,’ survey shows


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Younger generations, including millennials and Generation Z, are opting out of a traditional full-time job for “polywork.”

According to a new survey from professional social network Polywork, the practice of “polywork” is defined as having multiple jobs at once, rather than focusing on a single income from full-time work.

The survey says 64% of young professionals now “polywork” or want to and 75% say that do upwards of 10 types of professional work at the same time. Only 35% of respondents said they intended to stick with a single job for life.

The most popular types of “polywork” found by the survey include mentoring, beta testing new products, speaking on podcasts or other events, writing, live streaming, activism, and more.

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