Did you hear about this Accenture study released last month of 400 Millennial students and employees, ages 14 to 27?
Would it surprise you to learn that the results point to a digital disconnect between employers and employees over the subject of outdated technology?
Among the findings:
- 20% of millennials are unsatisfied with corporate technology
- Among technologies not currently provided at workplaces, 39% cited mobile phones, 19% open source software, 27% instant messaging, 12% online applications, and 28% social networking sites
- 75% access online collaborative tools to be more productive
- 52% feel updated technology is crucial when selecting an employer
- 6% of companies provide online chat and instant messaging applications
- 5% of companies provide RSS feeds
In light of recent articles of mine on posting blog comment policies and managing employees online, I found these statistics intriguing about millennial perceptions of corporate policies on sharing work/client data online:
- 40% of employers have detailed policies
- 31% of employers may have policies but aren’t distributing them
- 17% of employers don’t have policies
- 6% of policies are too complex to understand
- 6% of employees don’t care about policies if the goal is to collaborate with colleagues
There are many takeaways from this data but I’ll throw out two:
First, you should seriously consider if your technology and policies on tech use are limiting employee productivity. As the recession improves and companies start hiring, you can guess what will happen to your workforce if you don’t change the status quo.
Second, perhaps Jenny Beans is correct to suggest life might be easier if we regress to medieval times, responding to the below video bit of comedian Lewis CK and Conan O’Brien:
What do YOU think?
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