1 in 5 employees would quit job due to poor workplace technology

1 in 5 UK employees would consider leaving their job if their employer failed to deliver smart workspaces and technology, according to a new study by Dell.

4,000 employees from small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) were polled for the study that looks at the trends and attitudes shaping the UK’s tech workforce. 

The study shows that 36 per cent of respondents think their current workplace is not tech orientated enough. 43 per cent of employees do not believe they will be working in a smart office within the next 5 years either.

PJ Dwyer, Vice President of Client Solutions at Dell EMEA, said: “Today’s workforce has a growing expectation that their employers integrate the latest technologies seamlessly and securely into their working lives.

“Employees have seen first-hand the ways new technologies can help them do their jobs better, and are hungry to use the latest advancements to be more productive. While this may seem daunting to many employers, it’s a business-critical opportunity for companies to be at the forefront of the future workplace and enable the future workforce". 

This study also shows there is an increasing interest in using augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in the workplace. Half of UK employees would be willing to use the technologies if their employer provided it.

Leslie Willcocks, professor of Technology Work and Globalisation at the London School of Economics and Political Science, said: ‘There is an informed appetite amongst the UK workforce for technology as a real work benefit. 

“Getting this balance right is a delicate process and I suspect UK employers need to work harder at focusing on the really useful and strategic pieces of technology and software that employees now see as a necessary adjunct to their workspaces."

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