Most utility-industry-related surveys to which I consider linking are by hardware, software or service providers that want utilities to buy their products and/or services.
This one was conducted by a venture capital firm that thinks there's a big market for technology aimed at what it calls "deskless workers," has invested in 14 companies addressing that market and is looking for more.
The one takeaway from the survey that I think directly applies to utilities is that 78 percent of deskless workers consider the availability of technology when choosing a job. I doubt that technology is the main reason someone wants to become a member of a utility's mobile workforce, but people who are interested in such a job definitely want the most up-to-date technology to help them do it.
Otherwise, I think the survey is interesting and a quick read, and the portfolio of the VC firm, Emergence Capital, is probably worth checking in on occasionally, as it may include companies with tech that utilities could find useful.
My favorite finding from the survey was that 2 percent of deskless workers are given drones. If that number gets larger, I may consider being a deskless worker when I grow up.