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We live in an interesting time from the standpoint of the workplace.

I say this because we are riding the tail-end of a cusp between two different generations within our work environments.  On one hand there are the workers who have been at the companies, government offices, and the like for decades.  On the other, we have the Gen X and later workers who are starting to come of age within their workplaces.

It can be a clash of cultures, of course, but it isn’t really the cultural differences that cause many of the problems.  Business and office environments have constantly evolved over the years in their automation and technology.  The problem is that many workers who have been in their positions for decades have not adapted well to the constantly changing technology either from a lack of understanding or, all too often, a stubbornness in the face of change.  Their way was better as far as they’re concerned.

Now, I know I am going to get some accusations of agism or the like here, but the problem has nothing to do with age and everything to do with attitude.  Too many people, whether young or old, take negative attitudes toward any change.  And the march of technological progress can be the biggest change they face in their day-to-day working life.  Those unwilling to adapt will either withdraw into their ignorance of anything new and wrap it around them like a security blanket or fiercely deny that the change is necessary or even an improvement.

I see this everyday, and have for years as a technical support and help desk worker.

The world is a constantly changing place.  It always has been.  The rate of change accelerates, but it never truly stops.  Technology can make this worse for good or for ill.  But, it is amazing to me how often people stand up and try to plant their feet, refusing to march forward with the rest of the world.  This is a recipe for unhappiness, resentment, and helplessness.

So I urge everyone to be open to changes.  I am not saying we should blindly accept any new process or gadget as automatically superior.  However, we need to keep our minds open to the possibilities and not cry out that we can’t do this before we try or that we won’t do it before we give it a chance.

And, for the love of all that’s holy, try to remember your passwords.  A weekend is only two days, people.


One Comment

  1. It is not that people need to remember their passwords, but more they need to remember where they left them, under the keyboard. You know me I am a technological freak, I need the latest and now, but I do not leap with out looking, after all it took me almost 3 years to get my iPhone

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