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Generation Y shuns working virtually

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Millennials may be getting a reputation for having a lack of social skills but that does seem to be true with their predecessor generation. In a poll by Ricoh Americas it was learned that while 64% of the 2,512 adults in America would prefer working virtually from home Generation Y disagrees. Of 18 to 34-year-olds 43% say they prefer office work to virtual work.

Virtual work is rarely offered to replace office work for one’s full work schedule. Most companies that allow for virtual work limit it to one to three days per week the days in the office are considered invaluable to building teamwork and keeping associates connected to the shared vision.

Skype and have made it easier to conduct some meetings where only two people are present or the meeting is short in nature. If team interaction is the goal neither service can replace face time. The reason is that video only works on Skype when two computers are involved. Add a third person and all video is dropped unless premiums are paid and bandwidth is available.

© Max Impact, used with permission.

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Top books about generations

  • Because I Said So! ”: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids.
  • Bridging the Generation Gap”: How to Get Radio Babies, Boomers, Gen Xers, and Gen Yers to Work Together and Achieve More.
  • When Generations Collide”: Who They Are. Why They Clash. How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work.


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