Today’s teens will shape tomorrow’s workplace communications

Research shows that the preferred communications methods of teens may not be in use by organisations

There is a big disconnect between the methods teenagers use to communicate and those deployed in the workplace currently.

According to a report by communications firm Fuze, just one per cent of teens prefer using a landline phone to chat to friends. However, nearly two-thirds (63 per cent) of UK office works see the desk phone as an essential tool for work. The study shines a light on the future problems businesses could have if there haven't yet deployed mobile and unified communications.

The study of 2,500 teenagers and 5,000 adult office workers across Europe found that most teens (57 per cent) use video calling apps, but less than a half (47 per cent) of adults used video calling at work.

The survey also had some insights into UK teenagers use of technology in schools. Nearly two-thirds (63 per cent) who think they know more about technology than their teachers, 82 per cent think they know more about tech than their parents, and 82 per cent who want to be able to use that latest tech at work.

There are interesting parallels between this and adults currently in the workplace, 66 per cent of whom said their workplace technology needs to catch up to their personal technology.

You can get up to date with the latest trends in collaboration and communication by attending our event. Bigger and better than ever, the Collaboration and Communication show will be held at the Mermaid Puddle Dock at Blackfriars on 7 July. It will feature speakers from Google, Arkadin, NTTC and Slack, giving their viewpoints on the issues that face the industry.

There will also be a panel discussion featuring our keynote speakers about overcoming collaboration obstacles and challenges and breaking down barriers to success. In the afternoon, keynote speeches will touch on the cloud and how to "be less busy" when collaborating with colleagues. There will also be a vendor panel discussion with representatives from Google, NTTC and Slack. Following this will be a chance for delegates to network at a drinks reception.

So be sure to book your place today. Tickets cost 142.80 inc. VAT. More information can be found at www.collaborate2016.co.uk.

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