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research subjects were students.
Although all participants belonged
to the millennial generation and had
working experience, they were currently not all actually working. The
part of the millennials population already in the active workforce was not
included in our dataset. Even though
we took care, it cannot be ruled out
that the occasional participant lacked
the required work experience. It is
thus possible that some participants
did not fully understand or misinterpreted the BYOD concept and its
implication for their future working
We conducted an international study
to obtain information about how millennials about to enter the workforce
weigh risks and benefits when it comes
to using privately owned technology
in the workplace. It included 402 students in their final year of study and
with relevant work experience from
six countries. The results indicate they
pay a lot of attention to their own benefit and significantly neglect the risks
associated with using privately owned
technology on the job. We tested our
hypothesis by asking them about their
intention to use privately owned devices at work by enrolling in a corporate BYOD program. The responses
showed they expect to use their private
devices for work purposes. They perceive major benefits from using their
own devices but pay little attention
to the risk such use may impose on
their employers. These findings have
important implications for corporate
IT managers who must deal with this
new workforce (of cherry pickers).
However, a new generation—born
after 1998, or “Gen-Z”—will itself soon
enter the workforce23 and expected to
behave differently—more concerned
with risk and less on their own personal benefit.
27 This change in employees’
mindset will provide fruitful ground
for further research. Further research
should also look toward longitudinal
datasets, as it would be interesting to
find out how perceptions change before entering the workplace and then
again after several months and years.
Maybe IT managers could see cherry
pickers evolve into socially minded
corporate citizens over time.
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