A recent report from Microsoft and Insurity in the US found that 71% used IM and 77% used social networking sites on a daily or frequent basis, with over 2/3rds of them belonging to 2 or more social networking sites. But surprisingly 15% said they did not belong to a social network site. While this might not be news what their views were of access in the office might surprise you.
Over 75% say they would expect to have or use the following within a professional workplace:
- web-based searches (80%)
- office productivity applications (79%)
However less than 50% would expect or use the following:
- social networking sites (40%)
- company provided virtual meetings (42%)
- personal instant messenger (45%)
- mobile or smart phones paid by company (48%)
- Wikipedia or other Wikis (49%)
Now while less than 50% wanted access to these tools can your organisation really afford to “turn off” these potential employees given the current shortage for talent?
For IT department that lock down every piece of technology, 91% said having more access to innovative technologies would influence their decisions in taking a job. Only access to flexible work schedules or location was considered more important to these respondents. To make things even worse for the average IT department the ability to work with newer, innovative technology was ranked more important than than:
- being able spend time on outside charitable efforts (70%)
- being able to work with people their age (71%)
- opportunities to work on collaborative team projects (72%)
- and the ability to telecommute or work from home (77%)
Now what about a workplace that provides access to these basic tools but also has collaborative tools to enable blogging, social bookmarking, tagging and other Enterprise 2.0 tools? I suspect they would attract Generation Y candidates, don’t you?