Driven by rapid technological advancement, the ways we work and interact with our colleagues are shifting. Increasingly, workplaces rely on supportive technology to expand their communications capability, with cloud technologies and augmented reality (AR) taking on significant roles in improving work flexibility and mobility.
While it’s easy to assume that emerging technologies threaten jobs, research conducted by Dell Technologies shows only 9 per cent of young people in Australia and New Zealand believe that they will be replaced by machines.
Instead, technology will work towards enhancing our workplace relationships and supporting the growth of future jobs. To succeed in the era of human-machine partnerships, business leaders must bridge the digital divide in order to best leverage the power of a diverse and future-ready workforce.
Dell Technologies’ global research study, Gen Z: The future has arrived, surveyed over 12,000 high school- and college-aged students across 17 countries to assess their relationship with technology and expectations of future workplaces. It revealed 49 per cent in Australia and New Zealand believe that humans and machines will work together as an integrated team. This partnership is predicted to grow in workplaces globally, encouraging the development of new communication channels and more valuable human connections.
The value of interpersonal relationships
Despite our growing reliance on technology, the preference for young people when connecting with colleagues is in-person communication. In fact, 81 per cent of Gen Z in Australia and New Zealand expect to learn from co-workers or other people rather than online, and 55 per cent indicated they preferred to work as part of a team.
Driving this expectation is the experience of growing up alongside mobile phones, laptops, tablets and desktops. This continued throughout schooling, with the survey revealing that 99 per cent of young people in Australia and New Zealand used some form of technology as part of their formal education.
“For this generation, technology is an expectation,” says Jocelyn Macedo, Vice President, Human Resources APJ at Dell Technologies, “(It’s) an underlying and pervasive element.” Businesses must enable Gen Z to use their experiences to advance their careers and hone their talents within the businesses of the future.
The workplaces of the future must allow young people to practice technology literacy in a way that encourages creativity, innovation and collaboration. Multi-use tablets such as Dell’s Inspiron 2-in-1s allow for a range of different applications and are portable, flexible tools to encourage new ways of thinking and alternative approaches.
Integrating machines into the communication process
We are starting to see a shift, with emerging technologies shaping new learning tools and changing how we interact with our work. Mobility and flexibility are emerging as a core focus of modern businesses, with the idea of what a traditional workspace looks like evolving. The move to cloud computing has allowed businesses to shift their data centres online, meaning information is accessible. Dell EMC’s hybrid cloud computing solutions provide essential cloud-enabled infrastructure that can streamline work processes.
This encourages and allows remote communication and enables innovative new communication channels. AR technologies now allow employees to communicate face-to-face from remote locations. With the cloud allowing simultaneous, immediate access to essential data, workloads can be shared more effectively than ever. When tackling any issues with skill shortages, this also means that businesses can quickly and easily source the skills they need regardless of location. AR also enhances the capabilities and potential for long distance mentorship and the development of engaging learning strategies.
Far from replacing the human connection desired by Gen Z, technology will work with us to transform work practices for the better. Integrating these technologies will open new ways of learning, creating a future of engaged work practices for young people.
To learn more about the ways young people will shape our technology future, visit the Gen Z research hub here: https://www.delltechnologies.com/en-au/perspectives/gen-z.htm
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