Any time you get one generation that prefers to talk with its mouth and another generation that would rather talk with its thumbs, you’re going to have a few challenges. I hear it all the time… “They just don’t get me.” Well, what is it that they don’t get, and what can we learn from each other? Please take a moment to answer my quick questionnaire so we can see what you feel are your greatest challenges and benefits of working in a multi-generational workplace.
Are you viable or on your way to becoming the office dinosaur? I always say I lament the days when I used to leave the office and come back and be handed a pink piece of paper that said, “While you were out…” Those were such simple times. Now I have endless obligations to e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and my blog before I ever even talk to a real person. I need to stop whining. This is my new reality.
It used to be that you worked hard and expected a little respect for all you’d done. Now, the rule of the day is always, “What have you done for me lately?” If you aren’t actively defining your viability, you are painting yourself invisible. You know it’s true. If you think you can coast, you are so wrong. There is a new college graduate who is more technologically savvy and (probably) youthfully creative than you — and he or she will work for a third of what you expect. Viability is a constant call to redefine yourself within an ever-changing world of change.
I am going to explore this issue on the blog in coming months, but want to start with the first viability survey to see where you are with social media. Please take a few minutes for this — it’s only 20 questions.
Click here to take the viability survey.
I actually like blogging. I just don’t do it. I used to, but then came all this other stuff I was supposed to do. Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, YouTube… I used to have a life. Now I have social media, which keeps me from socializing with real people.
Complete strangers know more about what I do on a given day than my neighbors, who don’t care about social media. If you are my friend on Facebook, you know more about what’s going on than my parents. It is absurd. There are people I don’t even like who know all of this information.
I have almost 3,000 friends on Facebook, and more than a few of them are people I don’t know well. My news feed is endless, so I only glance at the most recent 10 or 15 posts. I recently got an e-mail from someone who was angry at me for not responding when he responded to my posts. Am I supposed to do that? And, if I don’t, how on earth can that be a slight?
Anyhow, I have got to be better about this, so I will. The truth is, I’d RATHER be communicating via the long-form in the blog. And so I will try to beat my record of not blogging for more than eight months. I am going to try for a couple of times a month. If not a couple of times a week. I’ve got a lot to share and I’m going to do it.