Is it time for Baby boomers to go home?

May 1, 2014

They are allergic to change. They control most of the employment sectors. They have the lowest level of engagement. They are not techno savvy. They are corrupt. They are the source of economic, political and social ills this world is facing. They are extravagant.They are known as the baby boomers born between 1946-1964 and Generation X born 1965-1980.Luckily, am neither of the two generations. From an IT perspective, the two generations have become the stumbling to adoption of technological solutions in workplaces and continues to vehemently oppose any use of technology in public and private sectors. Businesses operated by these two generations and more specific their IT departments remain reluctant towards this shift and continue to impose strict and archaic policies meant to frustrate any adoption of technology. Challenges for businesses owned or managed by the two generations have failed to understand the IT industry that is becoming more and more about adjusting to the needs of millennials, is their only hope of remaining relevant in the future. Our generation is not rudimentary as our elder brothers and sisters are. For us we expect computing to work the way we want it to, and want to receive information whenever and wherever we need it. Studies conducted recently shows that 88% of workforce in the world comprises of the two generations. Most of my relatives and friends belongs to the Baby Boom and X generations and because of their standing in the society they always gets what they want. Without any doubt in my mind, I can say that Baby Boomers are the least distinctly engaged workers I have come across but today’s workplace is transforming as the workforce shifts from baby boomers to millennials.

My generation’s workers, all of us born in the dawn of the digital age, we are not allergic to using new technologies and adopting innovations is a cakewalk. As more of us enter the workforce and rise up the corporate ranks, businesses have to recognize the need to adapt to their high, dynamic IT expectations. Am proud to be associated with a generation known to be a tech-savvy and we grew up with a fast paced lifestyle largely driven by technology. Unlike baby boomers and generation X, our mindset and expectations are different from past generations, we are creating changes in the public and private workplace, and businesses under our watch are adapting to these to stay relevant. Think of a millennial managed Facebook and compare it with Myspace that was ran by generation X before its slow demise. As more of our generation enters the workforce, businesses need to adjust to tour mobile driven IT expectations. We expect employers to provide equipment and hardware that allows us to be mobile like Bring Your Own Device unlike the aging baby boomers who have to drive to offices, a comprehensive and accepted flexible working policies unlike the Generation X that demands one to be in office by 8am, and access to work applications through personal devices. Such things make the difference between our generation and the two who never prefers to work inside the office and they don’t believe technology could help them be productive. I think its time for them to go home or else the world’s productivity will continue to decline.

Contador Harrison