Did you know that by next year, millennials will account for about 37 percent of the total workforce? And according to the 2011 Cisco Connected World Technology Report, 69 percent of millennials believe that regular office attendance is unnecessary. As the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that by 2025, they will account for 75 percent of the total workforce, understanding how to manage and unlock the power of this generation is a must.
So as change happens and the majority of the workforce shifts into the hands of a new generation of employees and leaders, companies must plan ahead and implement strategies to keep these employees happy and productive.
Although many characters associated with the millennial profile aren’t always positive (selfish, spoiled, etc.), this generation is one of the smartest and most productive since they have grown up with technology and believe in a culture that is constantly connected – it is their normal. The generation could almost be summed with two words to demonstrate their mentality about finding information and something that is a part of the daily lives. Those words are “Google it” …and we might even be able to add “on your smartphone/tablet/phablet.”
As the connected generation gets older, they will eventually dominate, and a decentralized and more mobile workplace will benefit companies that want to embrace the brains and knowledge of this group. One of the easiest and most obvious ways to make this shift, is to go mobile.
Since millenials want to constantly be on-the-move and know that simply having Internet and access to work files can result in a hard day’s work, they are continually trying to move away from the restraints of the four-walls they feel are boxing them in and preventing their wings from spreading as wide as they can. The simple solution is to make access to files and necessary information available, but to also provide policies and guidelines to ensure a mobile initiative is effective and not abused. This also brings up the concerns about security, BYOD (bring your own device) options, and the gray line between using devices for personal and work use.
By working with companies such as SAP and the SAP Services Team, companies can be up and running with a mobile program within weeks. The organization helps companies identify mobility goals and design and execute a clear strategy to reach success.
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