“People first” computing has been a focus in the business world for a long time now, however the focus has been more aggressively increased due to change in the workforce. The workforce is becoming more tech-literate which is particularly due to the Millennials in the Workplace – adults aged 19 to 35 in 2016.
This growing demographic will soon make up the majority of the workforce and have grown used to the functionality, mobility and usability of technology in their daily lives. With this set expectation, Millennials in the Workplace are bringing this attitude into the workplace causing organisations to rethink their IT Setup including devices and applications.
Workplace expert Dan Schawbelwrites in Forbes magazine, “Millennials are going to make major shifts in corporations over the next decade and most people aren’t ready for the amount of change that’s coming. By 2025, Millennials will account for 75% of the global workforce… At some companies like Accenture and Ernst & Young, they already account for over two thirds of the entire employee base.”
Schawbel highlights the key changes Millennials will influence within the workplace will be:
greater collaboration across the business; more flexible working; and an increase requirement for video conferencing in meetings.
In the report, Harness The Potential Of Millennials With Your Workforce Technology Strategy, Gownder identifies that IT leaders should not find this change in generational trends to be a hinderance, but suggest how they might think to capitalise on the Millennial working style through using technologies they are already using outside of the workplace. Ultimately making the company more productive and forms a connection across all generations.
Gownder continues to explain that Millennials in the Workplace expect the web should always be optimised for mobile, from wherever you are. “The mobile mind-shift operates through mobile moments: points in time and space when someone pulls out a mobile device to get what they need in their immediate context,” says Gownder. Consequently, it’s helpful to have the right device and information available at the right moment, to help the worker to achieve a particular task efficiently.