Today, computer maker Dell had invited me to a discussion round to Munich. Topic were the results of Dell's Evolving Workforce Study 2014. Their results are hardly surprising.
- Why is?
- The discussion round
- The result: Little surprising
The results in detail
- 1. Fact: Germans mainly use the desktop for work (78%) and for two-thirds (66%) it is even the preferred working device.
- 2. Fact: Other (mobile) form factors are significantly lower in the rating than the desktop PC
- 3. Fact: The classic office is still the preferred workplace of German workers. Likewise, they prefer the personal approach (eg in the form of discussions) of digital and online-based communication.
- 4. Fact: Development is increasingly moving towards open office structures worldwide.
- 5th fact: Half of the German employees are of the opinion that you can work productively in the home office. Nevertheless, the majority of respondents (both in Germany and in a global comparison) assume that the classic office will continue to exist in the future.
- 6. Fact: Overtime is no exception, even if Germany seems to have stricter limits compared to other countries.
- 7. Fact: 43% of German employees currently use their personal equipment for work purposes or plan to do so in the future (54% in EMEA comparison, 58% global).
- 8. Fact: Employees have defined expectations for the future and for technological developments.
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Dell had nicely announced his expert round, a sadly non-public discussion: Status quo, challenges, opportunities, future developments − the Working world of Future holds a lot of new things for everyone involved. This prompted Dell to commission a TNS study on the “Evolving Workforce” in cooperation with Intel. The results for “Benefits of Technology","Work-Life-Balance and Productivity” and “Ergonomics of the Workplace” show: The desktop PC is the most popular work device among Germans, touch functions have so far mainly dominated in the private sphere, the personal Conversation is still more popular than video conferencing and the majority prefer to work in the office rather than at home.
The discussion round
In order to present the results to us personally and to shed more light on the backgrounds, insights and details of the “new work reality”, Dell and Intel invited us to a non-public discussion round with experts from research - on December 02nd, 2, 2014th : 14 a.m., Munich Literature House, Salvatorplatz 00, 1 Munich.
- Prof. Dr. Susanne Böhlich, Program Director International Management (MA) at the IUBH School of Business and Management
- Tim Cole, publicist for economic engineering
- Roman Czychi, Employer Coach and HR Consultant
- Monika Kraus-Wildegger, founder of Goodplace.org
- and me.
The result: Little surprising
The result is hardly surprising and coincides with my experiences:
- According to my testing tests with various laptops, technical devices are not yet fully developed so that they could completely replace a desktop. Factors include performance, storage capacity, battery life, screen size, and operating system.
- The operation on smartphones and tablets is due to the smaller screen size still very habituationig, previous operating systems, eg Windows 8, but rely on untrue zwitterlösungen.
- WLAN is often not available, many websites are not mobile optimized.
The results in detail
1st fact: Germans predominantly use the desktop for work (78%) and for two thirds (66%) it is even the preferred work device.
- for 44%, the desktop is the only device / 34% also use other devices
- vice versa from a global perspective: for 33% only device / 44% also use others
2nd fact: Other (mobile) form factors are clearly behind the desktop PC in the evaluation
- Nobody uses a tablet or 2-in-1 as their only work device, and data for smartphones is also low
3rd fact: The classic office is still the preferred workplace for German employees. They also prefer personal approach (e.g. in the form of meetings) to digital and online-based communication.
- 95% spend at least some time in the offices of their company
- at 65% it is even more than three quarters of their working time
- 58% of the offices follow the classic form (vs. 40% in industrialized countries / 37% in emerging countries)
- 53% of Germans work in a traditional office environment (more than anywhere else)
4. Fact: Development is increasingly moving towards open office structures worldwide.
- Communication and community feeling among colleagues are encouraged
- BUT: At the same time, these structures cause distraction, noise from noise, less productivity, etc.
5th fact: Half of the German employees are of the opinion that you can be productive in the home office. Nevertheless, the majority of respondents (both in Germany and in a global comparison) assume that the classic office will continue to exist in the future.
- 77% of German employees believe that the classic office will continue to exist for at least the duration of their working life
- 30% of respondents in emerging markets believe that this form will never go away completely
6. Fact: Overtime is not an exception, even if Germany seems to have tighter boundaries compared to other countries.
- 38% of Germans check their workEmails outside of official working hours (vs. 62% on global average)
- 30% of German employees make phone calls outside of working hours (vs. 52% global average)
7. Fact: 43% of German employees currently use their personal device for work purposes or plan to do so in the future (54% in an EMEA comparison, 58% globally).
- 43% worldwide use their private device even without the knowledge of their company
- in Germany the only 26%
- More than half of the surveyed workers worldwide have the consent of their employer to use their personal equipment for work
- BUT: only about half of these devices are secured by the company
8. Fact: Employees have defined expectations of the future and technological developments.
- 98% of those surveyed believe that speech recognition will be used for data entry instead of a keyboard in the future
- 92% believe that translation software will be integrated into communication programs so that simultaneous translations will be possible
- 84% assume that self-driving cars will become the norm for commuting to work in the future
- In Germany, 60 percent of employees are of the opinion that some things are simply better done by people.
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