Do You Understand This Math?

In an effort to better understand the desires and expectations of the Millennial generation, Cisco Systems, Inc. recently conducted a survey of 2800 college students and young professionals worldwide.  What follows below are some of the fascinating findings revealed by this study.

  • 66% of job applicants will ask, during a job interview, about a company’s policy regarding access to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • 33% of college grads reported that the option to access social media sites  on the platform of their choosing (e.g. employer-supplied laptops, cellphones, etc…) was more important than salary.
  • More than 40% of the respondents said that they would take less money if their employer was willing to let them use social media sites on work time, while also allowing them a greater flexibility to work from home.
  • 56% of the those polled also went as far as to say that if a potential employer denied access to social media sites, they would either decline the job offer or risk getting fired by ignoring the standing policy.
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8 Responses to Do You Understand This Math?

  1. AmyC says:

    Seriously found these stats shocking. While I enjoy social media outlets to stay connected, I recognize this is off limits during work time. Where are people’s priorities, especially in this economy?!! To use a phrase my Mom always says.. “get real people!”

  2. AmyC says:

    Seriously shocking, obviously these students haven’t been hit with real life yet in this economy!

  3. Rich Bennema says:

    “More than 40% of the respondents said that they would take less money if their employer was willing to let them … work from home.”

    The rest is just silly, but I’ll put in my vote for this one. I’m Gen X and I did this. And even on my worst days at work, I can always say “at least I get to work from home.” In retrospect, I look at that decision as my entry level dues into the remote workforce. Yes, finances were tight for a while, but I was able to interview as an established home worker. I am now 4 months into my second work from home job and I’m making the highest salary of my career.

    • Rich … I’m actually with you on the flexibility to work from home. When you consider the fact that many people have a 45 minute commute to work, which is done twice a day, you’re talking about an hour and a half of my life. That is absolutely worth something! Having said that, I think it’s an odd expectation for one to have that early in one’s career. I tend to think of that kind of flexibility being something that is given after you have proved yourself to be worthy and reliable.

  4. Josh The Younger says:

    Before I comment, I should probably say that I’m a teenager who does not use social media (unless you count emailing). I’m not at all surprised by stats 1 or 3 – to me there’s nothing wrong with asking about company policy or taking a pay cut for the benefits of social media AND working from home – but 2 and 4 were pretty shocking. There’s really not much more that can be said about it other than it’s simply irresponsible.

  5. Josh … it’s not the asking of the question, it’s what lies beneath that? By asking the question, the applicant is admitting to a desire to utilize social media during work hours. Check out these stats I found online. I haven’t verified them, so take them with a grain of salt.

    Human resource workers ASSUME that 0.94 hours are wasted by every worker during an 8-hour day. Human resource workers SUSPECT that 1.6 hours are wasted per day. Workers ADMIT that 3 hours are wasted in every 8-hour day.

    Again, I haven’t verified the stats, so take that with a grain of salt.

  6. Caroline Zak says:

    This makes me scared of myself. Makes me want to be on FB a little less. To me…it screams “addiction!!” So…I am taking this as a warning. 🙂 Its honestly kinda scary.

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