Future workforce sees desktop PCs and desk phones as increasingly irrelevant


It’s always interesting to note how the employees of the future see the workplace; and the latest note from unified comms provider Fuze argues that almost half (45%) of teenagers see desktop PCs as not needed for modern work.

The survey, which polled 2,500 people between 15 and 17 years old as well as 5,000 workers, also found that three in five (61%) see smartphones as a business essential, while 58% of teenagers see the desk phone as unnecessary. On the workers’ side, three quarters still use a desktop computer, while 60% see it as ‘essential’ to their day to day work.

The data is from the same bucket as a study reported on by Enterprise AppsTech in May, which emphasised that current trends with the millennial workforce are only going to be exacerbated by the coming generation.

Fuze is backing this up by putting together the App Generation project, whereby in partnership with two UK schools and the Central Berkshire Education Business Partnership, the company is taking young people to see leading businesses first hand and gauging their views on workplace technology.

“Our project showed there’s a significant discrepancy between the expectations of today’s young people and the IT being delivered within most office environments,” said Luca Lazzaron, Fuze SVP international operations in a statement. “A significant 85% of UK teens expect to use the very latest technologies at work, and yet nearly a third of businesses still use fax machines.

“As this new generation enters the workforce, businesses will need to completely rethink their IT approach, from the devices in use, to the software and applications they provide,” Lazzaron added.

In August, analyst house Gartner unveiled its rankings in the unified comms as a service (UCaaS) marketplace, and put Fuze in the leaders’ zone alongside four other players.

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