Cisco has recently come out with a new study, the 2011 World Technology report, that looks at the [internet] habits of college students and young professionals entering the workforce. The report asks specifically whether ”their demands for information access are changing business communications and the future of work”. According to the report,
The Cisco Connected World Technology Report provides insight into challenges that companies face as they strive to balance current and future employee and business needs amid expanding mobility capabilities, security risks, and technologies.
Among other findings, the 2011 Cisco Connected World Technology Report revealed:
One of every three college students and young employees believes the Internet is as important as air, water, food, and shelter.
Two of five said they would accept a lower-paying job that had more flexibility with regard to device choice, social media access, and mobility than a higher-paying job with less flexibility.
Regarding security-related issues in the workplace, seven of ten employees admitted toknowingly breaking IT policies on a regular basis, and three of five believe they are not responsible for protecting corporate information and devices.
The Social Workplace blog created a handy infographic:
So there you have it. If you’re worrying about how to attract younger people to your organization, give them a smartphone, flexible schedules, and for pete’s sake don’t cut off access to social media.