Would you quit your job over a lack of office technology?

So does your office offer the latest and slickest technology and if it didn't would you quit? A study out today says 40% of 1,004 working folks said that if their company was a technological slouch, they'd leave. 

Breaking that down, 39% surveyed said they would consider such a move if it meant having access to more up-to-date technology, while 37% said they'd contemplate a job switch if better training in technology were offered. On top of that four in five workers said access to technology is important to their capacity to be creative (78%) and productive (80%) at work. A similar percentage (80%) said that such technology gives their employer an edge in the marketplace.  The study was conducted by social researchers at Ipsos Public Affairs for Fairfax County in Virginia in September.

Some of the other Ipsos results included:

  • Americans working in professional services are more likely (90%) to say that technology is critical to their individual productivity at work, when compared with those working in manufacturing/construction (80%), direct services (77%), health (77%), other sectors (76%) or education (72%).
  • Men (43%) are significantly more likely than women (31%) to suggest that they would work for another employer that provided more in-depth training on the latest technology.
  • Americans working in the manufacturing sector (52%) are significantly more likely than those working in direct services (43%), health (39%), other sectors (39%), professional services (37%), or education (22%) to say that they would consider leaving their employer for another company that makes better use of available technology.
  • Hispanic workers are more apt to consider a job change for the prospect of improved access to or training in technology. A total of 65% of Hispanic respondents said they would consider switching jobs for better access and 63% said they would consider switching for more technology training.

Considering the economy right now it is somewhat surprising people would quit over a technology issue. But you never know. I guess its better than being part of a 'Synergy-related headcount restructuring.'

Recent news notes that in the face of the generally gloomy hiring and financial situation in the US and around the world, the high-tech industry added 78,300 jobs between January and July of 2008, a minuscule but significant 1.3 % rise, for a total of 5.92 million. The increase marks the fourth straight year high-techies added jobs, according to the American Electronics Association's (AeA).

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