"Would you prefer Facebook access at work more than you would a raise?" If you're what constitutes a young professional, there's a 45 percent chance that you would choose Facebook, according to Cisco's second annual Connected World Technology Report.
The report even states that more than half of the 1,400 college students -- age 18 to 23 -- that they surveyed in addition to the young professional group would consider not taking a job if the company had a policy banning Facebook. That, or they would find a way around the policy.
Fast Company reports:
Cisco's findings are telling of a generation that's been glued to LCD screens and wired to social networks from an early age. According to the report, 40% of college students and 45% of young professionals would accept lower-paying jobs if they had more access to social media, more choice in the devices they could use at work, and more flexibility in working remotely.
This technology addiction represents a major opportunity for employers looking to add to their bottom lines while recruiting top talent. For just a few simple workplace concessions (say, allowing employees to choose an iPhone over a BlackBerry, and opening up access to social networks), recruits could be more likely to accept job offers--and at a lower salary. One in four college students, according to the report, said issues like these--while likely baffling to older generations--would represent key factors in their decision to accept a job offer. (To demonstrate just how obsessed Millennials are with their precious tech, Cisco also discovered that more than half of respondents said they'd rather lose their wallets or purses before losing their smartphones or mobile devices.)
This isn't the first thing that young people have said they would give up in favor of technology. Earlier this year, The Blaze reported that 53 percent of young people would rather give up their sense of smell over their access to technology.