Gen Y-ify Your Company: Technology

We all agree that technology is expensive, and staying “cutting edge” is not a reasonable or cost effective goal of any manager. But outdated and slow technology is an issue that affects everyone, especially Gen Y-ers. Slow and outdated technology causes many issues including decreased productivity, stress, and dissatisfaction at work. There are varying degrees to how tolerant employees will be with old technology. For older generations, who have seen even older technology, the 512MB Windows 2000 computer is light years ahead of what they had “back in the day”. For Gen X & Y, however, when our laptops at home are four times as fast, coming to work can seem almost counterproductive to what we could accomplish at home in one third the time. This issue is exacerbated by the fact that Gen Y-ers are usally bottom of the totem pole when it comes to receiving office technology. Conversely, giving younger employees the newest technology will cause dissension among the longer tenured staff.

So what do you do? Answer: Have a technology upgrade plan that accounts for everyone and stays current with acceptable standards in technology. The details of this will vary from company to company but having this will help alleviate issues and produce happy productive employees. Technology is important to Gen Y and being stuck using outdated technology is more than just an annoyance; it can be seen as a sign of a mismanaged company. For those of us who work in the technology industry, staying current is paramount. Tech companies that don’t keep up risk losing talented young employees because spending too much time with outdated technology can be detrimental to their careers.

Tim Ferro

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