December 15, 2014

Millennials Influence Collaboration And Flexibility With BYOD

Decision-makers will have to ensure that their user policies, application offerings and IT infrastructure capabilities are prepared to keep up with the rapid pace set by the millennial contingent.

Millennials are transforming the corporate environment in a number of drastic ways, infusing collaborative and social elements to a traditionally static and hierarchical arena. Communications are now free-flowing across a variety of channels, and applications sanctioned by the enterprise – as well as several beyond this domain – are included in the typical end user’s wheelhouse.

From mobile devices to constant feedback via social platforms, Generation Y has already left a major mark on the business world, and will continue to do so in the coming years. Decision-makers will have to ensure that their user policies, application offerings and IT infrastructure capabilities are prepared to keep up with the rapid pace set by the millennial contingent.

BYOD leads the way

Perhaps the most definitive technological symbol of Generation Y is the smartphone. Separating millennials from their beloved, do-it-all devices may as well be an impossibility at this point, especially now that young employees are relying on this mobile hardware to conduct both business and personal endeavors. Bring-your-own-device is the trademark of this generation’s impact on their corporate roles, and according to an article from Occupational Health and Safety, this trend is representative of the flexible, individualized ethos of Generation Y.

“Millennials are fast becoming the largest group of employees at companies large and small,” said Chris Komisarjevsky of the Huffington Post, according to the news source. “These adults have grown up in the digital era. It defines them and they, in turn, have significant influence on those around them, whether from home, the workplace or the treadmill.”

Remote access is a must

According to Occupational Health and Safety, the ability to access key corporate information from remote locations is a critical part of the collaborative experience for Generation Y workers. The source pointed to research from the Association for Talent Development revealing that 79 percent of employees view these policies as beneficial. To get the most out of the millennial generation’s collaborative potential, remote access is another must-have function for all crucial applications and resources.

Despite being fully aware that mobility and flexibility are major contributors to the morale, productivity and retention of next-gen employees, there’s still an alarming lack of support for these initiatives from a technological perspective. When done right, mobile device management strategies can liberate end users, clients and IT administrators alike. Decision-makers should look into dedicated BYOD solutions such as XO’s Worktime to build a mobile blueprint fit for evolving millennial demands and high-stakes security concerns – two keys to promote quality collaboration across teams.

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