The Modern Worker – 15 Facts

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modern workerI have to admit, I completely “borrowed” all of this from a Steve Balmer (Microsoft CEO) address at the recent Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto. But I found the facts so facinating that I had to share them. Today’s modern worker is so different from the stereotypical 9 to 5 worker of yesteryear as to almost be a completely different animal. We are uber-connected and in many ways this can be a double-edged sword. From working at home afterhours to putting in time while sick, it seems we are tied to our jobs more and more and we have the “age of connectivity” to thank for that.

I remember getting my first real smartphone and thinking “Wow, I can work from anywhere, anytime!”. But then the reality of it all smacked me in the face like a wet fish. What it really meant was that expectations about my ability to be reachable at all hours of the day (or night) shot right off the charts. The modern worker can work from anywhere, anytime ergo you should be reachable anywhere, anytime. Sigh… not sure that was the idea. Or maybe it was…?

Anyway, I digress. Check out these interesting little factoids and see where you fall in in terms of connectivity:

  1. 73 per cent of business managers believe work spills over into personal time isn’t a bad thing.
  2. Further to the first factoid; 59 per cent of business managers believe they make better business decisions as a result of this spill over.
  3. 73 per cent of people send their last email of the day after leaving the office.
  4. 56 per cent of people send their first email before they arrive in the office.
  5. 98 per cent of business mangers deal with work issues via email outside of work hours.
  6. 98 per cent of business managers deal with personal matters during normal work hours.
  7. 52 per cent of business professionals use three or more devices for work.
  8. 74 per cent of professionals have two or more devices for work.
  9. 60 per cent of devices are used for both work and personal purposes.
  10. 130 million workers will use mobile cloud based apps by 2014.
  11. SaaS – Software as a Service (think or Microsoft Office 365) is expected to be a $92.8 billion market by 2016.
  12. Seven in 10 college students believe it is unnecessarily to work in the office all week.
  13. One in four believe their work productivity would increase if they did it remotely.
  14. 45 per cent of workers would accept a lower salary if they had workplace flexibility and could use state-of-the-art technology.
  15. In 1995 the average office space was 300 sq. ft. In 2011 the average office space is 225 sq. ft.