A large part of the UK workforce believes that technology helps them achieve a better work-life balance and work more effectively.
This is according to the findings published in 'The Workforce View in 2013' report from ADP, a leading global provider of Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions. The survey was carried out by market research company Opinion Matters and questioned more than 2,500 UK employees in order to examine employee attitudes about work.
Contrary to the belief that technology would blur the lines between work and home life, a large portion of UK workers are embracing it. 21 per cent of the respondents claim that technology helps them to achieve a better work-life balance. 1 in 10 said that it helps them to fulfil their role more easily. And 45 per cent of employees said that technology had changed their role or career in the past 12 months.
“One of the most dramatic changes enabled by digital technologies is flexible working. Thanks to broadband internet in most homes, unified communications, and mobile devices, people enjoy a degree of choice and control over their working lives that would have seemed unimaginable just a decade ago,” the report states.
Employees aged between 35 and 44 are slightly more positive about the role of technology, as 23 per cent said it has allowed them to balance work and home. However, older workers also believe that young people expect to get promoted more quickly because they are tech-savvy. At the same time, the youngest group (aged 16 to 24) are least likely to view technology as helping.
HR professionals are the most enthusiastic about embracing technology, with 38 per cent of employees in recruitment and 32 per cent in HR being positive about the impact of technology on their working life. In contrast, only 15 per cent of workers in legal roles, 20 per cent in admin roles and another 20 per cent in customer services claimed technology is helping them to achieve a better work-life balance.
“Technology continues to accelerate the business lifecycle, requiring organisations and employees to evolve their skill sets. Flexible and remote working are transforming the work environment and the pattern of working life,” the report states.
As well as valuing personal development, employees are keen to get better acquainted with technology: ‘using technology / new devices’ sits alongside ‘personal development and career planning’ as a top skills priority. Interestingly, acquiring social media skills was of interest to fewer than one in ten workers (9%).
Many companies are now also viewing technology as a way to efficiently grow their businesses at the operational level, causing subsequent rapid growth in the UK tech sector; The IT Job Board alone is listing over 10,000 IT jobs for example and is fuelling part of the UK’s economic recovery.