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Over a Third of Recruiters Believe Future Staff Won’t Write at Work


With office landscapes changing across the country, it might not be surprising to discover that over one third (36.2%) of UK recruitment professionals believe that handwriting at work will be extinct for future generations. The news comes from UK’s largest job site, CV-Library, which conducted a survey amongst over 500 British recruiters.

Surprised by the results, the job site asked over 2,000 of its candidates for their opinion on the subject, and can reveal that an overwhelming 62.8% also believe that future generations won’t write on the job, which would eliminate handwriting from future workplaces.

The findings reflect the digital times in which we are living; the National Handwriting Association recently reported that one in ten children don’t own a pen, yet nine out of ten own a tablet or a smartphone.However, those that still rely on pen and paper can rest assured in the knowledge that while recruiters do believe it will become extinct in the workplace, it won’t be happening any time soon. CV-Library’s research also revealed:

  • 73.3% of UK professionals prefer a handwritten to-do list over an electronic one
  • Over half (55.9%) feel that handwriting is important in the workplace for signing contracts
  • 98.5% of professionals still use pens in the workplace
  • 88.2% of businesses still provide staff with pens and paper

Commenting on the findings, Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, says

“While these aren’t changes that we should expect to see in the near future, it is interesting to see how recruiters across the nation feel about technology and the impact it has on the traditional working environment. There is no escaping the fact that the way we work is constantly evolving, and technology is very much at the forefront; while it has brought about some massive benefits, it also comes at the expense of handwriting, which is simply no longer as important in the workplace as it once was.”

Ironically, the news comes just days following National Handwriting Day which was established to recognise the value of sending a handwritten note and demonstrating personal expression.

With many companies now encouraging staff to BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices) to work, it looks as though touch screens and keyboards are primed to take over – make sure you pick up a pen and express your workplace-self before it’s too late!

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