Ever feel like your mind works faster than your work computer’s processing speed? You’re not alone – 35% of 3,801 employees across the world admit the technology at their home is more cutting-edge than what they have at work.
An evident contrast supports this view – at work, employees use desktops (74%) more than laptops 48%), and landlines (71%) more than smartphones (46%). However, at home, they use laptops (72%) more than desktops (50%) – and smartphones (83%) more than landlines (52%).
As a result, nearly of the employees surveyed in Dell and Intel’s new study said tech issues waste their most time at work – administrative tasks (19%), glitchy software (17%), and slow devices (17%).
Employees across ages have shown interest to work in a smart workplace, with more than half (57%) expecting to be working in a smart office within the next five years. Millennials, in particular, are more likely to quit a job that comes with substandard technology.
Despite the call for more technology, more than half of employees (57%) globally still prefer to exchange face-to-face conversations with their colleagues – this trend only reversed in China, India and South Africa where employees do not prefer face-to-face conversation.
Fewer than one in 10 globally prefer to interact via phone (9%) or video (5%).
Innovative trends in workspace technology
Employees expressed excitement around the use of augmented and virtual reality (VR/AR) at the workplace, with about a quarter (27%) very willing, and two in three (66%) somewhat willing to use it.
This was most obvious in training and problem solving as just over one in five (21%) respondents from Asia Pacific and Japan (JAPAC) are most excited to use VR/AR for training on new skills in virtual environments, and an identical number wanting to use it to solve problems via 3D visualisation.
The least number of employees globally found use for VR/AR in non-work related socialising with colleagues (fewer than 10%).
Coming to artificial intelligence, JAPAC employees anticipate using it as a digital helper that learns and repeats complex, repetitive tasks (32%), while one in four expect it to help them with productivity and their priorities.
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