As new generations enter the workplace and older generations retire from the workforce, a change in business habits, thinking, and movement is a must. Every generation of employees is different from the previous. This is a given. But, this is especially true of the generation of employees currently coming into the workforce. Having grown up with technology (i.e. video games, social networking, and cell phones), the newer generation is more apt to be connected to technology 24/7. They tend to use technology the majority of the time as their personal and professional lives mix through the use of smartphones, tablets, etc. They are on the go, responding to emails, texts, etc. whether it is 9 am or 9 pm.
Some people, according to Dinah Wisenberg Brin, believe that the new generation of employees will have challenges focusing on tasks, lack in-person social skills, will be easily distracted, and have unhealthy habits as they are connected with technology all of the time. However, others believe that this will increase the ability of these new employees to think outside of the box to develop ideas that will enable rather than hinder the business. Although, most everyone agrees that this new generation are more blunt without meaning to be.
What do you think? Do you think that the new generation of employees will enhance or hinder business as we know it today? Is that a good or bad thing?