November 12, 2008

Fairfax County EDA Survey

An overwhelming majority of U.S. workers place a high value on technology in the workplace, so much so that almost 40 percent of employees across the labor force would consider changing jobs to work for an organization that is more committed to providing access to and training in the latest technology.

In a just released national survey, commissioned by the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA, and conducted by IPSOS Public Affairs, an independent, leading global research company, 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.

With such a premium placed on technology, 39 percent surveyed said they would consider such a move if it meant having access to more up-to-date technology, while 37 percent said they'd contemplate a job switch if better training in technology were offered.

"The technology worker has become one of the most valued currencies in today's economy," said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the FCEDA. "As this survey makes clear, technology is one of the fundamental components of any competitive business and also is the measure by which employees assess a company's commitment to helping them succeed. At a time of marked uncertainty within the economy, it is interesting that employees would move on for a more technology-supportive employer."

More survey results are available at

About the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority ( promotes Fairfax County, Virginia, as a business and technology center. The FCEDA maintains marketing offices in San Francisco, Bangalore, Frankfurt, London, Seoul and Tel Aviv. Business growth helps Fairfax County fund public services such as a top-ranked school system that improve the quality of life. Fairfax County offers a well-educated workforce, diverse real estate opportunities, access to worldwide markets through Washington Dulles International Airport, and a business community based on technology and professional services.