Millennials are the most mobile generation ever, which is fundamentally changing the way we work. Technology has modified the concept of working from nine to five, while millennials are causing companies to reconsider space, time and flexibility. Understanding the relationship of millennials with mobile devices will allow you to see how deep will be their impact in the workplace.
The mobile is mandatory
Smartphones and tablets have become an essential part of everyday life. According to new research on millennials, access to a smartphone exceeds even the need to use a deodorant or a toothbrush.
A mobile workplace
Mobile allows us to access any information at any time, which means that work emails, work documents and chats are always available, making millennials to extend their workday.
For this generation not only mobile technology is important but also a "mobile" and/or flexible work schedule. Having the ability to choose when and where to work is so important that, in fact, it can be the only difference to stay in a company for a long term.
The revolution is underway
According to a study carried out in 2016 by Randstad, 20 to 30% of the workforce of the organizations is made up of "non-traditional" (remote) workers. Executives, entrepreneurs and business academics at the 2014 Global Leadership Summit of the London Business School predicted that more than 50% of people would work remotely by the year 2020. There are many reasons why now is the right time for this change
- Technology. Innovations and the incorporation of mobile and cloud technology have made it possible for the members of a work team to communicate and work together in real time, regardless of the physical distance between them.
- Flexibility. By 2020, Millennials will represent 35 percent of the workforce. That percentage will increase to 75% by 2025. It is a generation that is not a big fan of walls and offices. They are innate collaborators who do not like being chained to workstations. Having not known a world without connection, Millennials see no reason why they should not have the right to work at any time, from anywhere.
- Space. The price to rent offices in the largest economic centres is on a steep slope. Companies are forced by this harsh economic reality to reconsider how their physical space is used and to weigh the pros and cons of completely eliminating this cost.
We invite you to learn more about millennials in the workplace in this infographic: