Social Media vs. Salary
A recent study has revealed that some college students and young professionals are willing to sacrifice salary and employment opportunities for social media and technology freedoms.
- A majority of those surveyed made their opinions clear: They can't live without the Internet.
- Among college students:
6% - could live without Internet.
31% - could live without Internet, but it would be a struggle.
62% - could not live without the Internet. (1 in 3 surveyed said the Internet is as important as air, shelter, food, and water,60% of those surveyed in China and Brazil believed that.)
- 36% of young professionals, 45% of college students say their laptop is very important in their daily lives.
- Nearly half of college students say they're distracted or interrupted by social media, IM or phone calls three + times in a typical hour.
- 67% agree that their IT policy could use some or significant updates.
- 30% believe that being able to work remotely, in today's world, is a right.
- 60% of young professionals say their boss believes it's necessary for them to be physically in the office.
- 68% of young professionals believe that company-issued devices should be available for both work and play. (3 in 10 of young professionals say their company restricts access to online games and social networking sites. However, one quarter say the restricted access is not in the best interest of the company.)
- Some young people believe their companies' policies should be more flexible when it comes to social media and device use. (3 in 5 believe that they are not responsible for protecting corporate information and devices. 7 in 10 employees admitted to knowingly breaking IT policies on a regular basis.)
Recruitment & salary
While higher salaries may be tempting to recent grads, some may opt for this flexibility instead.
- Social media access as a job criteria (map)
Key: students who said a possible employer's social media policy would be a key factor in their job acceptance decision.
Comfort level. 31% of young professionals believe their comfort level and experience with social media was a factor in their employer's decision to hire them.
29% of college students said that they would prioritize social media freedom and device flexibility over salary.
27% would accept the job offer but find a way to access their social media outlets.
Meanwhile 44% said that they would accept the position and abide by the rules.
Sources: cisco.com | usnews.com
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