Cisco just released a study that claims many younger job seekers would consider taking a job that pays less but includes things like a smart phone or access to Facebook while at work. This may sound extremely odd to those us that have been in the working world longer than we would like to admit. But it is a new world out there and access to these types of things are very important. The study claims that 40% of college students would accept a lower paying job if it included things like a smartphone, access to Facebook, and the ability to work from home. I can see the ability to work from home as being a motivating factor, but access to Facebook, really? As a matter of fact, more than half of the students surveyed said that if an employer blocked access to Facebook they would either not work there or find a way around it.
These finding may surprise some people. I know they did me. But it’s a new world out there and things that the younger generation value is changing. To further illustrate this, the study reports that more than half of the respondents would rather lose their wallet than their smartphone. While this report offers some interesting insight for employers that are looking to attract younger talent, it raises other questions. Will these individuals that would prefer Facebook access over pay spend so much time on Facebook that they won’t be worth the lower pay? I also can’t help but wonder how important access to Facebook is going to be once they start having to pay for rent, food, gas, water, heat, and the list goes on. Maybe they can use their Facebook access to ask mom and dad to send money.