As the first generation to grow in a fully connected world, it’s no wonder they seek more casual working approaches and a more flexible environment where they can share new ideas and creative strategies as a team. This kind of setting provides an opportunity to work together and develop concepts and techniques that not only help the business, but also supports their own personal growth and development.
Millennials spend 24 hours a week on their smartphones – that’s one full day a week scrolling and swiping; more than any of their older generations. Sending emails and social networking are the top two online activities, with just over 80 hours a week spent on combined electronic devices.
Industries That Appeal
According to LinkedIn research, in 2016 millennials switched to careers in tech above any other industry. Healthcare was a close second, with finance being the 3rd biggest gainer. Retail, government /not-for-profit, and media were the top declining industries. While career progression prospects have great impact, benefits such as flexible working is another key consideration when it comes to job and industry appeal factor.
By understanding the relationship millennials have with technology, it is possible to create a strategy that will influence positive attitudes and behaviours. As the more tech-savvy generation, they need to be treated differently. However, bear in mind that the way we all use technology is constantly changing with external cultural and market trends. And that millennials are no exception. Nurturing talent is key, using the right technology to enable that process. Today’s entry level grads are tomorrow’s budding board level members.
One of the biggest blockers when it comes to transforming the workplace is budget. Organisations worldwide are facing similar constraints; end users are demanding a premium service, with budgets that don’t allow for it. It is therefore imperative to carefully consider which workplace technology makes the most sense for your business - and how to pay for it.
An ageing PBX on legacy infrastructure is a common scenario faced by companies cross-sector. In the short-term, utilising existing tech investments may seem like the most viable option; however, this in no way presents a future-thinking solution to a very real problem. By taking a phased approach, you can start by maximising what you have (where possible), work out your capability gaps, then move onto the innovation stage. This way you begin to digitally transform your business and realise the true value from your tech estate.
The right technology can enhance efficiency and streamline business process. It can also entice and help retain employees, minimise turnover, and increase job satisfaction. By balancing desired workplace technology with budget constraints, you can ensure you get the most bang for your tech buck.