With the ever increasing use of social media and electronic communication in our day to day lives with an expanding list of platforms to choose from including Email, SMS, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, SnapChat, Instagram etc etc it was only a matter of time before it sneaked it's way into our professional life and it begs the question "as we become more connected online, are we in fact becoming more disconnected?"
We would like to thank the 320+ participants who took the 2 minutes required out of their day to compete the survey. Of course this survey was completed "online" for ease of use and to hit a broader market with speed (ironic really isn't it?). Some of the main advantages with the "online" world, with everyone owning either a smartphone, PC, Tablet or Laptop (some all of the above) it gives people the freedom to complete it when they want and from where they want.
It was nice to see that in this day and age 60% of those surveyed said they still prefer face to face communication as their preference at work with 30% selecting Email as their preference. I can only imagine with the shift of generations within the workplace from "Baby Boomers" through to "Generation Z" a generation that haven't experienced a pre-internet world that this will surely switch?
Will the workplace meeting, client lunch or golf game to solidify and cement a relationship be lost forever to an emoticon and a poorly worded email in years to come? According to the theory that 55% of communication is body language, 38% is the tone of voice, and 7% is the actual words spoken an instant message containing "LOL" may not be a fair reflection of how the recipient/respondent is truly feeling.
Please have a look through the results of our survey and let us know what you think.
Congratulations to the two winners of the prize draw Michael Chew & Damien Whaley, your $50 retail vouchers are en-route.
Summary written by Lee McAndrews
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