The workforce of the future will live in the cloud
Millennials are entering the workplace in increasing volumes, and are expected to account for 75% of the global workforce within the next decade; consequently, business leaders and HR professionals must adapt and provide the tools this generation needs to be as engaged and productive as possible.
A recent article on the Dell Power More website stressed that companies will need to incorporate the cloud into their strategies and operations in order to keep the future workforce happy.
Disruptive technologies such as cloud computing and mobile apps allow millennials to stay constantly connected; and they expect this level of communicative freedom at work, as well as at home. By utilising the cloud in the following three ways, organizations can retain younger workers and future-proof their business:
While previous generations tended to adapt to their workplace, a report by Cushman & Wakefield's Global Business Consulting found that younger workers expect the workplace to be adapted according to their needs. Cloud technologies allow for a more flexible office design, without the need for fixed desks. Indeed, 'hot desking' - where employees can sit wherever they choose - is now growing in popularity as people can access files from anywhere in the office, via the cloud.
On the go
If there's one thing that Millennial workers like, it's mobility. An Adweek study of their attitudes towards technology found that 52% use smartphones to conduct their work, and 61% use tablets. What's more, a Cloud Adoption report found that nearly half (48%) of the 120,000 businesses questioned said their prime productivity tool was a cloud application. Cloud-based software and mobile platforms allow workers to access corporate servers securely and reliably, while more companies are bringing in BYOD policies.
Different working styles
Each workplace demographic has its own needs and demands, which the cloud can facilitate; for example, millennials tend to prefer collaboration, whereas older workers tend to be more independent. By centralizing information and making it easily accessible to all, colleagues and departments are able to collaborate more easily. What's more, email and instant messaging are now regarded as effective communication methods for all generations.