#WorkDebate- Changing up the Workplace

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With the lightening quick speed at which technology is impacting various industries and the way we do business, it was only a matter of time before it began seriously impacting the workplace- and employees’ expectations. A recent Cisco study revealed that college students and young professionals expect to have workplace access to social media and that 7 out of 10 young professionals think the office is unnecessary and that 3 out of 5 think working remotely is a right they should have for any job.

And so we debated if these expectations are legit or if employers should be adjusting. See our highlights below:
1. There is value in a physical workplace.
While working remotely has its perks and can increase employee morale and productivity, there is a value in young professionals being physically around their colleagues. Many graduates don’t have proper experience and being alongside colleagues can help them grow professionally. This is an area that colleges and higher learning can assist by providing office etiquette and a “Real Life 101”, as offered by @TheHotIron.

2. More companies should be offering tech benefits and more remote options.
Considering the online nature of many industries, not having these options can be negative for many employers. These are items highly sought after and can improve relations among employees. In addition, several people in the debate admitted they prefer these benefits over increased pay.

3. Supervisors make a difference.
Finally, hiring supervisors who want to manage people over tasks is a crucial component. These managers can handle the difficulties of managing remotely or at a distance, while still spurring on creativity and productivity.

In the end, culture seems to win out. People prefer a workplace where their supervisor is managing and helping them grow and they have perks that enhance their life- not just a salary and desk. Businesses that incorporate these components just may have an edge in seeking out the latest talent.

Would you add anything to this topic? Thanks to those that participated and join us this Thursday, as we debate outsourcing your voice.

Nicky Yates

Director of Communications, Social Media Week

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