Prepare for the next generation…

The individuals coming into the workplace now have a completely different set of demands and expectations than those of 10, 15, 20+ years ago.

 Businesses need to change if they are to attract the best and smartest new talent.  I am referring, of course, to 16-20 year olds who are leaving school or further education and looking for a career.

I’m 44 years old and used a keyboard for the first time when I was 14. Those coming into the workplace now have been “tech savvy” since the age of 4! It’s a changing workforce.

Most teenagers now do not even have an email address. They communicate with their peers using social media messaging platforms (e.g. SnapChat, Instagram).

The demands of an employee from a prospective employer have changed hugely over recent years. The biggest climber? Technology!

Expectations of an Employee on Employer
1. Money
2. Technology
3. Culture
4. Place of work
5. Colleagues
6. Career opportunity
7. Organisational reputation
8. Fun
9. Social aspects
10. Social responsibility

25 years ago when I landed my first full time job ‘technology’ would have been at the bottom, if on the list at all.

Businesses (SMB to corporate) need to provide workplace technology that can attract talent. If you provide a new employee with a 5-year-old slow Windows 7 laptop there is a good chance they will walk for that reason alone. Gone are the days of “make do”.

My advice to businesses – Seriously consider offering BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to your staff. It’s relatively easy to provide secure business systems that allow connection from non-company owned devices. Think of the cost saving it your employees WANTED to use their own smartphones, tablets and laptops! Subliminally this will also raise employee productivity by enhancing a better work / life balance by allowing “work” outwith office hours.

You will notice employees electronically connecting on various social media platforms which promotes team work and social interaction.

Tech ready your business for the next generation.

Rob Hamilton, Dynamic Edge @Dynamic_Rob

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