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Millennials: the secret weapon.

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Millennials have a bad rap, it’s a fact. Words commonly associated with them are “lazy” “entitled” and “selfish”, just to name a few. But is that really what they are, or is there some untapped potential behind the superficial? The Millennial generation was the first to grow up with the experience of the technology boom. This rapid development of technology caused this group to become obsessed with electronics from a young age.

As the 77 million Millennials (defined as those born between 1977 and 1995) continue to enter the work force, they are seen as either an asset or a hindrance, but like it or not, businesses need to ensure they “play well with others” and that Boomers learn how to tap into them as resources. Millennials are tech savvy. This fact makes them an asset to any business. We live in a world where technology is king, so in order to keep up with the changing landscape; you need a Millennial who understands the ins and outs of the tech world. Business has switched from paper to screen, and in order to keep up with this change you need a team behind you that understands and influences this change. Millennials have developed a keen skill to transition business from face-to-face communication to connecting on an online platform. While face-to-face communication is still valued, technology is pushing businesses to develop their online presence just as much as in person. Through use of social media customers can feel their voice is heard, and the company can connect with anyone, in any location, in a matter of seconds. This type of development sets Millennials apart from any generation.

According to Inc., Millennials are now the single largest group within the work force, and will soon become the biggest consumer group as well. This means that Millennials will determine which direction your business will grow in. Rather than shaming them for their different style of working, try to gain a better understanding of why they operate the way they do, and see if it is more successful than the way it has been done in the past.

The traditional and structured work setting is slowly turning into a more creative, open-minded environment that Millennials thrive in. Millennials offer a fresh outlook that can be crucial for pushing your business in the right direction. This new way of thinking will help your business grow with the times, rather than be stuck in the past. Out of the box thinkers will push your business to the next level by gaining new perspectives in the workplace. Other generations may label Millennials as “slackers”, but in reality they just have a different way of doing business. As the world is evolving, so is the traditional business style. Because this style of work is different than in the past, outsiders may consider it as being “lazy”, but in reality Millennials are working harder than ever.

It’s no secret that Millennials can have a tendency to be obsessed with being successful, as seen by this generation holding some of the youngest millionaires to date. The problem most people have with Millennials version of success is that they can work in a less traditional manner and be successful. Their drive, although not one that most people are accustomed to, encourages this generation to put in the work and dedication needed to make their dreams a reality.

Millennials are the secret weapon that most businesses need in order to stay afloat. They bring a new work culture that is geared towards progression in all forms. Millennials want everything easier, faster, and better, which means they are driven to work hard to make this outlook on life come into fruition. Millennials are the future of the workforce, and are key players in the success of the business world.

Man vs. machine.

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Technology can be both a blessing and a curse. We are in an age where technology is constantly evolving, but more often than not, we overlook the potentially negative aspects of this rapid development to focus on the convenience factor. Technology has improved our lives in many ways, but we have to stop and think: what are the limits to this newfound discovery? Because modern technology, such as texting, is so new, we don’t know the power it can hold on us as a society.

We often use technology without thinking about the effect it could be having on us as a society. When we are bored, or want to avoid talking to a stranger, we often form the habit of pulling out our phones to dismiss making a connection, rather than having an actual conversation. This type of interaction has become so familiar that we don’t pay attention to what it could be doing to us socially. Are we using technology to escape our lives, rather than actually living in the moment?

The Huffington Post notes that technology could be ruining our ability to communicate in terms of how texting is impacting our social skills at the price of convenience. Is getting your statement across a minute or so quicker worth losing our ability to communicate face to face? As time passes and technology use gains more of our time and energy, it makes us wonder what the world will look like it ten years. Even now, you can look around the room in a crowded restaurant and see couples eyes locked on their screens, and children playing games on devices in the middle of dinner, rather than talking to their family. At some point we have to make a conscious choice to put our phones away and not let good old-fashioned conversation slip away. We should be viewing our daily conversations as “quality over quantity”, rather than the quickest way out.

Technology provides an outlet to stay connected in ways we never thought possible in the past, as well as a platform to express ourselves. It improves our lives in many ways, but it’s all in how it is used that makes a difference. Be conscious about how much screen time you use in a day, and put your phone away to have a meaningful conversation with the person in front of you. Overall the pros and cons of technology can be heavy on both sides, but in the end, we have to decide on our own if the benefits outweigh the risks. What are your thoughts; do you think technology is a blessing, or is causing society to lose value in face-to-face conversation?