Understanding the workforce
The latest Future Workforce Study from Dell EMC and Intel has some eye-opening findings for both IT and HR (Human Resources) leaders. Among them: Forty-two percent of millennials are likely to quit a job if the technology they have available to them is substandard. Across most consumer demographics, but especially millennials, most people complain that the technology they have at “home” is more modern and more valuable than the technology they have in the workplace. And while companies race to embrace new enablements like smartphones, 39 percent of workers say employee-employer trust is waning or trust isn’t there at all. Let’s just think about that for a minute.
Almost half your employees may be ready to walk out the door either because they find the technology they use at work inferior or they don’t trust their employer. Wow.
Like it or not, millennials are the first of future generations driving massive change in the workplace. There are two compounding observations to be mindful of:
1. Millennials are ascending into the ranks of management in the workplace.
2. The first true digital natives, known as Generation Z, are starting to enter the workplace.
Keep in mind that the people who make up Gen Z are generally less trusting, more anti-establishment and are used to having everything personalized for them — all much more than the generations who have come before them.
What does that mean?
If many CIOs and their IT groups have come to be known as the department of “No!”, then I suspect that HR (Human Resources) groups now sit on the precipice of becoming the department of “Oh No!”
Here is what I think is going on
CIOs are focused on delivery.
CIOs have been worried most about their capability to deliver, while CEOs, in particular, and the rest of the CXO bench in general, are focused on business outcomes. In many organizations this communications paradigm is a key disconnect. Cloud migrations are a perfect example; economic savings are seldom realized while the benefits of driving business velocity and IT agility are underappreciated.
Bring Your Own Device and rough IT are everywhere.
Continue to read Bob Egan’s article here.