While those of us from Generation X may be comfortable with sitting at a desk using a computer that lives permanently in that space, younger workers may never have used a desktop PC. They are the mobile-generation, raised on smartphones and tablets.
Now, there is an argument that workers need to adapt to the way that employers want them to, and in many cases that is true, but can we not get better productivity from our workforce if we give them tools that they are comfortable using?
A study by CEO.com found that tomorrow’s workforce are keen to join companies that are dynamic and fast-paced and in return they are willing to work hard.
Josh James, CEO of Domo management platform is quoted in the report as saying: "Today's world is moving to mobile so rapidly that companies without a mobile-first mentality will have a difficult time attracting and retaining customers, and a far bigger challenge attracting and retaining talent."
The views of the next-gen workforce is clearly expressed in the survey; 96 per cent expect mobile technology to have a permanent future in the workplace; 22 per cent would be less likely to join a company that did not use mobile tech; and 65 per cent would like technology as an employee benefit. This far exceeds the 12 per cent who would prefer a gym membership.
Obviously these young people’s priorities will undoubtedly change but it’s food for thought for businesses hiring younger workers, especially if engagement and productivity is a concern. Meeting their needs and expectations, so far as the business is able, could prove to be a shrewd investment.
Technology is changing so much of our daily lives including the way we work. But the way that we’re used to using technology may be behind that of the next generation of workers.