Young IT talent: Give Us Smartphones and Social Media Access
HR and IT Managers take note. Findings from Cisco’s second annual Connected World Technology Report show that between 40 and 45% of young IT professionals would be prepared to accept a lower salary and all they ask for return is better kit and social media access.
The study, released today, shows that salary is not the sole motivating factor in recruiting and keeping the best young IT talent. Cisco surveyed 1,400 college students in the 18-23 yrs bracket and 1,400 young professional under 30 years of age. The survey spanned 14 countries and gave insight into worker mind-set and expectations over five key areas:
– Business communications
– Mobile lifestyles
– Hiring practices
– Talent retention
More than two of five respondents indicated that they would accept a lower-paying job that had more flexibility with regard to device choice, social media access and mobility, when compared to a higher paying job with less flexibility. This equated to 40% of the college students and 45% of the young professionals. The other findings will be of interest to HR and IT managers.
Use of smartphones in the workplace
The fact that half of the respondents would rather lose their wallet or purse than their mobile device show their importance. This may or may not come as a surprise, however many organisations still restrict access to, and limit the use of, mobile devices in the workplace.
Wifi access for smartphones in the workplace
Providing wifi access and allowing the use of mobiles in the workplace will, contrary to some believes, make your working environment a more productive place. This is because, by allowing their use, you can attract the best talent. The best talent doesn’t waste time on their devices, they use them to increase their productivity. At least one in four said the absence of remote access would influence their job decisions. Also, don’t meet half way. If wireless access is provided, ensure that a strong signal can be achieved through the building.
The right to work remotely
Three out of ten feel that they have a right to work flexibly and remotely, and that this would not be a privilege but an entitlement. The technology is, generally, widely available to facilitate this. So the question is, if you can offer flexible and remote working conditions to workers, why wouldn’t you? After all, this does widen your recruitment catchment area and gives access to a wider talent pool.
So the questions is, can your business afford not to be flexible with regard to mobile and social media access? The old arguments around productivity, and the effect that mobile and social media access have on it, no longer stand. The best young talent now uses these channels to network, research and increase productivity. Choking off this resource will either make them leave, or just not join you in the first place.
Are you looking to recruit the best IT staff, without incurring HR recruitment agency costs?