74% of employees say their company is a new tech laggard
A Zensar survey of 1,000 workers also found that 45% said a successful company should adopt new tech faster than anyone else.
The lines at the Apple Store the day of a launch prove it: first-adopters are hardcore. And others who share the thirst for being ahead of the tech curve don’t understand why they’re buying and using new tech but their employer isn’t. A surprising 36% of the 1,000 workers polled in a new survey by Zensar said they very often adopt new technology before their company purchases it.
Keeping up on the latest in tech is an excellent practice, but demonstrate caution when actually bringing it into the office. If an employee brings new tech without the company IT department’s approval or knowledge, it can put the company at risk. Zensar’s Living Digital survey warns that shadow IT is a business reality, and is omnipresent. , also called stealth IT, or client IT refers to when that tech is used in- house, but without explicit official approval.
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Whether the powers-that-be are overly cautious, or the process of bringing new tech into the office is administratively arduous, the most eager and tech savvy of employees dub their companies laggards when it comes to adopting new tech.
And when the company is finally ready to bring in that tech, it’s done either “very slowly” or “somewhat slowly,” according to 16% of white-and gold-collar workers; the latter refers to multi-disciplinarians, which are highly skilled workers who can boast white-collar intellectual labor with the manual labor of conventionally blue-collar positions.