They are your future employees

Jon Husband offers a translation of Ils sont vos futurs employés relating to an article in English now behind the FT paywall. (FT take note: information wants to be free and will go through 2 iterations of language to get out into the world!). It’s a fascinating look at the cultural shift likely to arise from the arrival of digital natives in the workplace. Apparently according to Mark Prensky’s study

the life arc of a typical 21-year-old entering the workforce today has, on average, included 5,000 hours of video game playing, exchange of 250,000 e-mails, instant messages, and phone text messages, 10,000 hours of mobile phone use. To that you can add 3,500 hours of time online

… which has a profound impact on their approach to work…

3 thoughts on “They are your future employees

  1. Tony Goodson

    And better still, your average bank is 5-10 years behind your average school with the technology. It used to be the other way round, where big industry had the fancy stuff.

    But now, schools have the latest operating systems and desktops and technology (banks can’t afford to update to the latest systems), schools blog and podcast and text and chat and wiki and collaborate) Banks can’t or won’t!

    So what are new entrants going to make of Big Corp’s lack of up to date technology? And when did schools overtake and home overtake Big Corp with the technology?

  2. Paul Goodison

    Well its much easier for you as an individual to update your PC – you can stick bits on, change the OS or upgrade the system in one fell swoop. Big Corp has to change an entire organisation – chaning the basic technology isn’t that hard, even if it is very expensive. Changing the interfaces with eveyone else’s technology, re-training the existing employees and the obvious (well if you read Johnnie anyway) drain on the company as it manages that change.

    Much better to have a small core and distributed hub – then you can be very flexible i.e. employ freelancers who update their own technology 🙂

  3. Jon Husband

    Thanks for noticing, Johnnie. Michel is a close colleague (in Montreal ;-), and his post is one in a long-ish series of posts we have made on digital natives, digital immigrants and observations about the various dynamics of exchanging opinions, information and other stuff in a range of digitally-interconnected ways .. and including the fundamental need to meet and be with people in the flesh, in processes such as open space and other safe, open “containers” for conversation, decision-making and action.

    Re: the above comments .. so very much is about culture, and the structure and processes of established institutions, imo .. and this is what will continue to be confronted by interconnectedness, minds and hearts, etc. over the next umpteen years.

    Trust you are well and fertile (in the sense of fulfillment and positive energy).


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