A recent survey of 2,000 Irish professionals carried out by staffing business Walters People Ireland found that almost half (42%) believe new smart working practices are negatively impacting their work-life balance.
The survey shows that three quarters (72%) of employers believe tech helps to improve workflow and overall staff productivity. The biggest fear from employees is the expectation to “always be on.” Further concerns include the struggle to learn and apply new technologies (31%) and the fear of technologies replacing jobs (22%).
Whilst half (44%) of Millennials state that employers should adopt the latest technologies, this is significantly lower for Generation X (25%) and Baby Boomers (11%).
In fact, an overwhelming 60% of Generation X and Baby Boomers admitted to fearing the introduction of new technologies, with a third (35%) stating that they are yet to get a full grasp of current technologies used in the workplace.
Furthermore, millennials widely perceive technology to be at the root of workplace conflicts. A third of Millennials (34%) reported that older workers not understanding new technology was the chief cause of conflicts in the workplace, followed by younger workers becoming frustrated at using outdated technology (33%).
Millennial professionals are also distinct from their older colleagues in their attitudes towards social media. Almost 40% of Millennials felt that employers should actively encourage workers to incorporate social media into their work, compared to less than a quarter (24%) of Generation X and just 10% of Baby Boomers.