Recent trends have seen companies attempting to attract potential employees with office perks such as free snacks, drinks fridges and ping pong tables. But what do millennials really look for when considering new job prospects?
According to a recent study by Penn Schoen Berland, almost 60% of millennial are more interested in technology perks than traditional office benefits. In fact, this study found that millennials are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with old technology within the workplace, and that 82% of millennials considering new job prospects would be influenced by the level of technology within a company.
In particular, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) resources were identified as resources that increase the productivity within millennials’ professional lives. The findings implied that creating “smart” offices allows better training opportunities, improved collaboration and creates an experimental working environment. Moreover, the millennials interviewed contended that AR and VR technologies allow employees to “escape” their office environment during break times and return to work with a renewed sense of clarity and focus.
Due to various challenges in creating smart offices today (most predominantly being cost), the incorporation of AR and VR technologies is still considered a luxury. However, we cannot ignore the clear message that millennials see technology as being a critical factor in choosing their career path and that companies must consider this when attempting to entice millennial talent.
After all, 83% of millennials say that workplace setting, furniture and tech has an impact on their decision to take a new job and up to 42% say that they will quit a job with substandard tech.