A survey conducted by Sharpe Europe, claims that the next generation of adults entering the workplace ‘generation cloud’, will be discouraged by European businesses not providing sharing tools which allow them to work efficiently and flexibly.

Sharpe Europe surveyed the employees of businesses in the UK, France, Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands, finding that Europe has seen rise in a new generation of workers, and a large gap between their expectations and the reality of what is being provided by businesses.

Peter Plested, Director, of European Solutions Business Centre, at Sharpe Europe, said that, ‘whether business (large or small) likes it or not, employees are clearly driving for change in how we work, share, collaborate on and produce information. This is a cultural as well as a business process driven shift; and it is happening now’.

The key findings of the survey included:

  • 59% of employees work outside of the office
  • 46% believed that that ability to work remotely is essential for their role
  • 52% said that mobility is becoming increasingly important
  • 53% require the ability to access work documents anywhere, on any device
  • 41% feel that they are more creative at home

Cloud computing allows employees to collaborate like never before, when they were asked about the benefits of increased collaboration there was a clear recognition of the positive cultural change that would occur from improving a company’s image. Half of those surveyed also believed that it would increase a business’s bottom line, as well as improve internal relations.

If businesses continue to fall short of employee expectations they will fail to recruit and retain highly skilled key workers, in an already competitive employment market.

The ‘generation cloud’ responded negatively when asked about Cloud-based collaboration in their workplace, with 83% not having access to an official Cloud solution. Above that, the most surprising result being, two in five employees stating that collaboration tools are actively banned, although, 9% admitted to using them regardless.

The restrictions placed on employees’ ability to communicate and collaborate effectively can dampen job satisfaction and the business’s ability to respond efficiently; highly skilled workers expect a flexible and mobile working environment.

Source: Cloud Computing Intelligence

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