Siemens Enterprise Communications report finds ‘net natives’ believe gadgets will make them efficient
New research released by Siemens Enterprise Communications has found that teen-aged graduates have high expectation levels of of the technology resources and environment of their prospective employers.
The research found that one-in-four will expect to be provided with a smartphone, while more than one-in-six will want Facebook access during work.
The research surveyed hundreds of US and UK teenagers about their future workplace expectations.
The research also found that teenagers seek to mirror the technology that they use at home when they enter the workforce, with 40% wanting a laptop when they start work, and a further 13% also anticipating a tablet.
The majority of teenagers surveyed believe it will help them to be more productive, with nearly 70% saying smartphones and tablets will make it easier to do their jobs, and over half (55%) said it will make them more efficient in the workplace.
The study said that companies still recruiting new graduates will increasingly use technology as a method for attracting the best new employees.
Geo-location features like Facebook places and Foursquare will also be used in business environments in the future, with 15% saying they’ll use them for work to share their location.
However, UK teens are more likely to think that this technology will persuade them to work out of hours (32%).
Siemens Enterprise Communications Strategy and Technology Office VP Adrian Brookes said with an estimated 320,000 having graduated this summer (and graduate recruitment placements rising by 9.4 per cent), businesses need to ensure that they have the right technology in place to attract the top talent.
"To retain and maximise the productivity of ‘net natives’, organisations need to align their communications and technology environments to allow effective collaboration and information flow," added Brookes.
Brookes continued, "Today’s working environment is all about enabling individuals to select the most appropriate communication channel to the task at hand. Be it over audio, video, social networking, web collaboration all initiated from a variety of devices, the advances in enterprise communications allows a rich user environment and organisations need to ensure they are maximising the productivity and knowledge of both current and future employees."