Corporate policies shift to accommodate Gen X, Y demands

Cisco Connected World report says CIOs must shift policies to gain advantage

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Corporate policies shift to accommodate Gen X, Y demands Dabboussi: The Middle East is an epicenter for rapid workplace changes
By  Tom Paye Published  December 9, 2014

IT departments are shifting their policies in order to accommodate workforce demands from Generation X and Millennial workers, who want flexible work styles, according to the 2014 Cisco Connected World Technology Report (CCWTR).

The report said that, by 2020, the majority of Generation X and Y professionals will view smartphones and wearable devices as the workforce's most important connected devices. These employees will only see laptops as the device of choice for within the workplace, the report said.

The CCWTR report hopes to shed light on the ways in which technology is shaping the future of work and how the devices, apps, and solutions preferred by later generations are enabling new ways of working.

These shifts include what the report called the rise of the ‘Supertasker', using four devices, and changes in the way workers and businesses view remote working. According to the report, just 44% of Millennials feel most productive in the office. According to Cisco, these changes are particularly relevant for Middle Eastern IT departments.

"The Middle East is an epicenter for rapid workplace changes, thanks to an always-connected culture of young people entering the workforce," said Rabih Dabboussi, general manager of Cisco UAE.

"Our Connected World Technology Report shows that the Middle East's CIOs must plan to scale their networks and shift work policies to gain a competitive advantage, enable more flexible work schedules, and enhance productivity."

That said, the report noted that some older work styles are still preferred - six in 10 respondents preferred a pen and paper to the latest note-taking app. What's more only 50% of hiring managers said they would hire based solely on a video interview.

However, Cisco said that the report offered insights into the potential impact emerging smart devices, such as wearables, will have on IT and the creators of IT strategy, especially with the emergence of the Internet of Everything (IoE), which the vendor said is creating new forms of connectivity and changing communications for the next generation of workers.

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