Young people seeking mobility, connectivity

Many willing to take lower salary for greater flexibility: Survey
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/13/2012

Judging from a recent survey by Cisco Canada, HR has its work cut out for it when it comes to the technological preferences of younger workers.

Many feel they must have connectivity at all times through social media and mobile devices (which they choose); many desire flexibility when it comes to when and where they work; and many are not too worried about breaking the rules, found the survey of 2,800 students and employees under the age of 30 in 14 countries, including Canada.

“The Internet and social media tools have become such a main part of their life and not only how they interact socially but how they work on their assignments, how they deal with multi-tasking,” said Jeff Seifert, chief technology officer at Cisco Canada in Toronto. “Young Canadians, in particular, have become increasingly attached to mobile devices such as laptops and smartphones and the ability to access online content anywhere, anytime, from any device, whether for social or business reasons.”