Corporate Luddites Ignore Tech Trends

People fear change, and that appears to be the case in
corporate cubicles, where American workers are slow to adapt to the hot new
technologies and communication tools we’re all talking about – but apparently
not using much. A Forrester Research
study suggests we’re slow to adapt for a variety of reasons.

Corporate LudditeAs summarized in Computerworld,
the study suggests employers are slow to distribute usable smartphones and are
turning a deaf ear to younger employees’ desire for more texting and social
networking tools.

Only one in three information
workers use a laptop for work, while one in nine uses a smartphone. Seventy-six
percent use a desktop PC most of the time. One in five shares a PC with a
co-worker. Managers are the most likely (50%) to get a notebook or smartphone
(20%).

Surprising isn’t it? There’s more.

E-mail remains king over instant
messaging. Meanwhile, 74% say they never use instant messaging at work. The
biggest reasons: One-third blamed lack of corporate support. For others,
physical proximity to co-workers and greater comfort with e-mail and phone were
the reasons they didn’t use IM.

And this:

Seventy-six percent never use Web
conferencing tools such as Cisco System’s WebEx. Others that are mostly ignored
include business-reporting tools (78%), team document-sharing sites such as
Microsoft SharePoint (80%), social networking sites (89%) and videoconferencing
(91%).

Read the entire article, and you’ll get the feeling the
office of 2009 isn’t that much different from the office of 1999, even though
we’re all obsessing over blogs, wikis, Facebook, Twitter, and Blackberrys.
There’s a big disconnect somewhere. What’s the reality where you work?

— Don Willmott

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