Millennials Lead the Charge on Workplace Mobility
VMware MeConomy 2014 survey results signal a need for companies to adjust their IT policy to cater to the demands of an increasingly mobile workforce
Bangkok, 19 May 2014 — In a study released today by VMware on the attitudes and preferences of the modern employee in an increasingly mobile world, it was revealed that more than eight out of 10 millennials* surveyed in Thailand work outside the office and 91% work on their personal device when they travel to and from work.
The study also revealed that 67% of working adults in Thailand felt that their home or home office would be the perfect place to work.
“Millennials are leading the charge when it comes to working outside the office or on-the-go. And as the profile of the average worker shifts from a baby boomer to a millennial, Thai companies will need to adapt to the changing expectations of the workforce and enable business at the speed of life,” said Dr. Chawapol Jariyawiroj, Country Manager of VMware Thailand and Indochina.
The survey results were part of the VMware MeConomy 2014 study, which sought to understand the attitudes and preferences of the modern employee in an increasingly mobile world. The survey included over 153 respondents from Thailand.
Increasing demand on HR and IT to support work from outside the office
Dr. Chawapol added, “At VMware, we believe that flexible IT arrangements and the ability to work from anywhere influences how employees feel about work. Almost half of those surveyed said access to their work device and network allows them to be flexible with family and personal appointments. We also found that Thai employees actually feel their ideal workplace is their home or home office, followed by their company office and a local cafe.”
Mobile workers can place additional pressure on HR and IT to cater to changing expectations and technology needs. Employees surveyed expect their company to support mobile working by providing:
- A comprehensive and accepted flexi-working policy (53%)
- Equipment and hardware that allow them to work everywhere (54%)
- Tools that enable access to applications they need on their own devices (57%).
For IT support, they were eager to have:
- Faster network access (62%)
- Equipment that works (54%)
- Quick/real-time response to IT requests (51%)
VMware helping companies deliver desktop and application virtualization
To help IT better support mobile workers, VMware recently announced VMware Horizon™ 6, an updated portfolio of end-user computing solutions designed to further simplify the use and management of virtual desktops and applications through a single platform.
VMware Horizon 6 will enable a unified workspace that allows IT to efficiently deliver, protect and manage Windows desktops and applications to employees across their virtual, physical and personal devices.
VMware Horizon 6 will not only enable IT to meet the demands of the mobile workforce, it also will help IT contain costs and empower employees to work anytime, anywhere, and on any device.
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About the VMware MeConomy 2014 Study
The MeConomy study was conducted by Acorn Marketing & Research consultants. Approximately 2,455 people between the ages of 18-64 years old participated in the survey, and all respondents work in organizations with more than 1,000 staff globally, and work for at least 15 hours per week. The survey covers 14 markets across Asia Pacific and Japan (comprising of Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam).
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