Tag : millenials
You may remember the good old days, when your company issued you a cell phone or a blackberry. The IT department helped you learn to use it and provided support when something went wrong. IT did this because they thought it was the way to insure security.
Today, the rapidly growing number of digital devices is a nightmare for IT departments and a collaboration playground.
Digital natives (and those of us who are adapting) don’t think twice about using technology to share information. Working together in real time (Google Docs, Yammer ) is commonplace. Tools like wikis and social bookmarking make the job of co-working and co-creating easier than ever.
For those of us who think that “working harder” is the answer… that we “don’t have time” to learn all about these new gadgets and websites… we need to stop, look and listen.
Sticking our head in the sand will not help us, our city, our region or our country thrive. So the next time you see an iPad or someone mentions Google +, instead of declaring your ignorance, why not ask a question or two? Ask for some help in learning. You’ll be glad you did.
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This entry was posted on Friday, February 17th, 2012 at 5:08 pm
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Boomers are workaholics, GenX are more balanced but are still pretty ‘go along with the system’ type folks. And then there are these GenYers (aka Millenials). I have CEOs and executives asking me everyday… what’s the matter with these kids?
My response to them is, “There is nothing wrong with them.” We expect them to somehow automatically know what to do at work; how to dress, how much time to spend on their phone, when to show up, etc. We get upset when they don’t do everything we think they should. How would they know? Osmosis? I can only speak for my own 2 ‘twenty-somethings” when I say they have minds and goals that are all their own.
According to CPA success in a blog post about Millenials, there’s a comment I agree with:
“You can’t pigeonhole Millennials as entitled and self-centered. Sure, some fit the bill … but many of them don’t. Many of them blow that generalization out of the water. Many of them are ready — are starving — to lead. All they need is our support.”
What they don’t tolerate well is sitting around, blah, blah, blahing about stupid stuff and not doing anything. So what are you and I going to do about this? We can complain about how they “don’t get it” and “take away their phones” when they are work or we can engage them in a conversation about what needs to be done. I am Board Chair of a small non profit and we have 8 GenYer’s on the Board. They are caring, involved, willing, kind and hard working. They want to make a difference so let’s give them a chance.
How about starting the dialogue with an item or two from this list:
- Life balance
- Proactive, goal-focused planning
- Networked collaboration
- Embracing and adopting technology
If you have an open mind and heart, I’ll bet you hear some amazing things. Let me know how it works out.
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