Technology is a major motivator to achieve results: Study

by L&D07 Jun 2016
Employers should ditch ping pong tables and free dry cleaning, in favour of technology that makes workers feel motivated, valued and productive - if the latest research is anything to go by.

Indeed, most employees in the UK claim access to technology to connect with workmates is the most important factor in their workplace, according to a new study by Adobe.

The Work in Progress report looked at how technology and other factors are changing the workplace and how organisations can invest in their workers to achieve outstanding results.

It found that workers in the UK ranked access to modern technology more important than lounge and relaxation areas, office design and access to on-site amenities.

It also showed that 69% of UK employees feel more productive at businesses that are up to date with the latest technology.

However, only 15% of UK workers believe their company’s technology is ‘ahead of the curve’.

“Employers need to pay attention to productivity more than perks, and realise that their employees are happy to work when a company invests in their success,” said Jeff Vijungco, vice president of global talent at Adobe.

The study also found some further interesting stats regarding UK workers:
  • 72% would rather work long hours in the job they love than shorter hours in one they don’t enjoy.
  • Workers claim they spend 76% of their waking hours working or thinking about work on a typical working day. 
  • 54% claim technology gives them the freedom to work when and where they want.
  • 76% claim technology makes them more productive in the workplace. 
Moreover, just 23% of L&D leaders believe their teams have the correct skills to exploit technology for business advantage, according to a recent joint report completed by the global research and benchmarking organisation Towards Maturity and the Charted Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in the UK.

It also found that despite 85% of L&D leaders saying they want to improve business performance, 50% of leaders believe that L&D staff lack the necessary technical expertise for the digitalised future of work.

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