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Gen Y jumps online and moves workplaces into the future (1)

Gen Y jumps online and moves workplaces into the future (1)

Generation Y's use of technology is bringing new tools into the workplace and changing the way Australian employees work.A new survey from Premiere Global (PGi) has revealed that two thirds of…

Generation Y's use of technology is bringing new tools into the workplace and changing the way Australian employees work.

A new survey from Premiere Global (PGi) has revealed that two thirds of Aussie workers (69 per cent) believe Gen Y is at the heart of changing the way Australian employees work, particularly with the introduction of more online business tools such as video and web conferencing, instant messaging and social networking.

The international survey asked 1,000 full-time office workers in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong about the current state of their workplace - such as who is driving the change, and what changes are taking place both now and in the future.

When asked about the types of tools Gen Y has helped to introduce into the workplace, instant messaging (such as MSN and Yahoo!) topped the list for most Australians, with 59 per cent saying that it was now being used as a business tool.

Almost half (49 per cent) said Gen Ys had helped to introduce video and web conferencing, whilst 43 percent said that it was acceptable for social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to be used at work.

Joanne Rigby, Asia-Pacific marketing director at PGi, said that given just a few years ago social networking was somewhat taboo, "it's positive to see that Aussie businesses have largely embraced the use of online tools".

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