Study: Technology plays a big role in determining a good work place

Study: Technology plays a big role in determining a good work place

A study reveals Gen Y workers are responsible for introducing new online business tools to companies

A company’s technology capability can be a sticking point for employees when determining good places to work, according to a new study.

In a survey conducted by communications vendor, PGi, about 84 per cent of respondents indicated an organisation’s technology was a key attribute in determining a good work environment.

It also indicated having tools such as notebooks to allow for remote working was their biggest priority in terms of how their workplaces should adapt.

More than half of Australian office workers use instant messengers such as MSN and GoogleTalk for business purposes.

“It’s positive to see Aussie businesses have largely embraced the use of online tools such as Facebook and instant messaging in their workplace, something that only a few years ago may have been a taboo subject,” PGi Asia-Pacific marketing director, Joanne Rigby, said in a statement. “… As more Gen Ys come into the workforce, we can expect to see this trend continue.”

About 59 per cent of Australian respondents said they have incorporated instant messaging as a legitimate business tool.

Social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn were also considered acceptable to be used at work by 43 per cent of respondents.

It also revealed 69 per cent of younger workers were leading the trend and pinned the adoption of more online business tool to Gen Y staff.

But while constantly bringing new technology into a workplace has its positives, there is a risk of alienating older workers with 51 per cent of feeling like there was a generation gap in their office.

Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) CEO, Ian Birks, said this is a common challenge to overcome.

“Gen Y workers are bringing incredible technical knowledge into the workplace, but how is this best adopted and acted upon?” he said in a statement.

“New ideas and technology can be hugely advantageous to any organisation, provided it embraces and nurtures this knowledge in the right way.”

The survey was conducted with 1000 full-time office staff in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

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