My eldest nephew is a recent college graduate. He lives in Boston and walks to work, which is less than 2 miles from his apartment. When I was his age, I commuted fifty miles in bumper-to-bumper traffic to get to work (uphill, both ways)!
Young, skilled workers who want to live, work and socialize locally are pushing companies to locate in cities. Many employers are accommodating the hiring demands of the new workforce, as a means to recruit and retain new talent.
An estimated 10 million manufacturing jobs are currently unfilled due to a growing skills gap. As the talent pool shrinks, companies are paying close attention to what the next generation of skilled workers wants – all with the end goal of employing, retaining and keeping workers away from the competition.
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An undeniable truth is that these young workers, and most of their not-so-young co-workers, want the freedom to use their own personal smartphones and tablets at work. And more than ever, they want to use them from anywhere, even when they’re on the move. This mobile BYOD desire is causing an avalanche of new devices (15 billion by 2015), applications and cloud-based services.
Business and IT leaders are paying attention. A May 2012 Cisco IBSG Horizons Study reveals that IT is saying yes to BYOD. A whopping 95% of respondents say their organizations permit employee-owned devices in some way, shape or form in the workplace. Have a look at Peter Granger’s blog to learn about how manufacturers are implementing BYOD.
Working according to our own terms does present a variety of new business and IT infrastructure challenges. And thanks to Cisco Unified Access, employers can safely accommodate the demands of the new workforce, and enhance their own business productivity in the process.
The new workforce’s insistence on working their way may not only change the way we do business; it just might ease that bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic!
Tags: aging workforce, byod, Cisco Unified Access, cloud, mobile workers, work your way
It’s a pleasure to introduce Sue Nolin, Cisco’s newest Manufacturing Industry Marketing team member.
Sue Nolin rejoins Cisco after ten years in the world of successful networking start-ups. She was formerly with Cisco’s VPN and Security Business Unit, as the result of Cisco’s acquisition of Atliga Networks in 2000. Sue has since sold and marketed networking solutions commonly used by manufacturing industries. They include WiFi, RFID and Unified Communications technologies, and how they are applied to address business problems.
Sue looks forward to sharing her views and thoughts on manufacturing industry-relevant topics and to your comments on her blogs. Agree or disagree? Tell us! Sue has a bachelor’s degree in English/Communications from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, so don’t criticize her writing – just her views!
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Tags: english major, Manufacturing, marketing, new blogger, Sue Nolin, thought leader
In my previous post, I described the challenges senior management faces in scaling collaboration capabilities to address business needs and the way work is done today.
Electronic and whiteboard displays, lean practices, and collaboration tools by themselves are clearly not enough. Management needs to take a holistic approach to develop and integrate capabilities in three areas to address the challenge of capturing the next wave of productivity gains: culture and leadership, extended workplace visuality, and pervasive collaboration.
Organizational culture and leadership are probably the single most important factors in enabling gains in employee productivity and innovation that result from knowledge work. Morten Hansen, in his book Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Create Unity, and Reap Big Results, provides an excellent perspective on what management can do to identify barriers to collaboration and design solutions to overcome them. Most of these barriers are cultural and particularly severe in large global corporations with multiple business units, complex matrix organizational structures, and operations that span multiple countries. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, collaboration, culture, IBSG, knowledge work, leadership, lean techniques, Morten Hansen, networked organization, productivity, visual workplace
Well, first of all, Cisco IBSG stands for Internet Business Solutions Group. IBSG is the premier thought-leadership group within Cisco when it comes to helping customers realize the benefits of the trends and advances in technology, networking and new business processes. Listen to one of the key IBSG leaders for Industry to find out more in the video.
The Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) is comprised of industry influencers and business strategists who have deep experience across multiple sectors and regions. IBSG helps CXOs and public-sector leaders solve their most critical business challenges by developing strategic solutions based on business-process transformation and innovative technology.
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Tags: Cisco, collaboration, disruptive technologies, IBSG, innovation, knowledge work, manufacturer, process, productivity, strategy, TelePresence, visual workplace
Collaboration is in vogue! Companies across multiple industries are implementing a variety of process changes, systems, and tools to improve collaboration among their employees.
While these companies recognize the potential of collaboration, most have captured and quantified benefits only in relatively mundane areas such as reduced travel costs and time-related savings. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, collaboration, IBSG, knowledge work, lean techniques, productivity, visual workplace