This study from Forrester and Citrix Online throws up some interesting facts about the way we interact with our colleagues at work. There are some interesting findings from the survey.
Gen Y does not have the monopoly on technology use and social tools during the work day.
- Gen Y is least likely to share information via text message (26%, compared to 47% of those aged 55+), and least likely to use video conferencing, video chat and web conferencing tools.
- Gen Y uses social networking the least frequently (40% of Gen Y workers who use social media for business do so daily, compared to 50% of those aged 55+).
- Older Boomers (55+) have increased their business use of social media 79% in the past year.
The younger you are, the less you value meetings – and pay attention.
- 29% of Gen Y workers think meetings used to decide on a course of action are very efficient, compared to 45% of Older Boomers.
- Gen Y is least likely to pay attention in meetings
Americans have more meetings – and pay more attention.
- 90% meet in person to communicate and build relationships, more than any other nationality.
- 75% of Americans believe it’s very important to pay attention in meetings to decide on a course of action.
The in-person meeting is alive and well, but not necessarily effective.
- 84% of all respondents have in-person meetings, but meetings often don’t achieve their goals.
- Only 45% are very satisfied that planning meetings achieve the task in hand.
In an era of multitasking, it’s still considered rude in a meeting.
- 83% believe that side conversations are unacceptable during a meeting.
- 77% frown on those doing other work on a computer or smartphone.
We still like to look each other in the eye.
- Germans like to see others during meetings (75%), while Americans find it less important (55%) though they have the most in-person meetings.
- 79% of those aged 55 and over think it’s important, compared to 65% of Gen Y.
It’s a relief to know that face to face meetings aren’t going away completely as we all still love the personal contact of meeting someone in person. That’s a relief.
Hat tip to the Workshifting blog for the link and to Citrix Online for the Infographic