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17 Apr, 2013

Technology Fueling Workers’ Desire for More Choice, Flexibility and Mobility


DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A new survey has found that technology is fueling workers’ desire for more choice on the job, including greater flexibility and mobility. In a survey of more than 1,000 people in the United States and Canada, 61 percent want to use a more mobile device than a desktop while at work.

Additionally, a third of respondents now want to work for a company that allows them to use their own technology. These are results of the newest survey from the Intelligent Office Work IQ brand, which looked at the use of technology and social media in the workplace.

There is a culture shift taking place in which today’s worker is personalizing and customizing work through myriad ways, including work style and location. Intelligent Office’s first Work IQ survey found that workers today are shifting to more flexible and independent work styles, with not a single respondent wanting to work as a corporate executive. The second Work IQ survey found that modern workers are increasingly conducting business on the go by regularly working in two or more locations.

The desire to create more choice in the workplace also can be seen in the technology preferences of today’s worker. In this most recent Work IQ survey, Intelligent Office found that 65 percent of respondents want the rights to download, install, modify or otherwise control their work computer. The survey also found that 84 percent of respondents believe that technology is important to their professional success.

Additional highlights from the third Work IQ survey include:

  • 58 percent of respondents think their technology represents their personality
  • Nearly half of the respondents think technology represents their personality more than their car
  • Almost one-third are spending an hour or more a day on social media at work
  • A quarter of respondents say they would not work for a company that didn’t allow social media at work

“Our Work IQ surveys have shed a new and often surprising light on today’s workers, showing they are rapidly becoming more flexible and mobile,” said Tom Camplese, Chief Operating Officer, Intelligent Office. “The third survey shows that technology is driving this shift towards mobility, with just over a third of respondents saying they spend 1 − 4 hours on a smartphone or tablet each day. We have ultimately uncovered a dramatic shift in how people work today and how they want to work.”

Intelligent Office will be releasing additional information from the survey at http://www.intelligentoffice.com/virtual-office-work-iq.aspx