Study: Millennials, contractors are changing the definition of 'workplace'
Valerie Bolden-Barrett | August 28, 2018
In a new report by Intermedia, 71% of professionals surveyed said mobile apps give them timely updates, allowing them peace of mind, and 66% said apps help them work more efficiently. The cloud communications and collaboration firm said that with millennials being the largest segment of the workforce and contract or gig workers expanding their numbers, the definition of "workplace" and how a "workday" shapes up is shifting, prompting employers to examine the use of technological tools for a workforce that's more productive, collaborative and accessible. The report, 2018 Workplace Communications Report, showed that slightly more than half of U.S. professionals polled begin their workday by checking their work emails, calls and other messages. Among the employees starting their workday during their commutes, 19% said this allows them to start their day "on the right foot," and 39% said that work completed during their commutes lets them spend less time in the office. In the report's other findings, 75% of organizational leaders said their work-related travels have been reduced because of more video conferencing capabilities, and 59% of knowledge workers said they prefer video conferencing over work travel.