Gen-Y trades wifi, social media freedom for hard cash?


makes me wonder if I have comfortably fallen into the “know-no-saurus” category; an affectionate name we used to call some Baby Boomers in the Bank due to their {in}ability to handle our social media, social networking and all that is funky approach to employee engagement.

In all fairness, majority of the Senior Management team never opposed it; rather rooted and supported us … plus jumped on the bandwagon. Some getting hooked, others falling off along the way.

To me fair, some were already on them before we embarked on the campaign and implementation of the various medium.

… and within a year, they had all traded in their Blackberry-es for the iPhone; our official phone.


In any case, I’ve received a number of personal emails and calls on my blog topic – gimme back microboredomMost chided me on it despite agreeing on the social degradation the lack of microboredom had created. To keep it short and sweet, let’s just say I was whacked for the microboredom piece!

Well, for those of you who don’t know, I celebrated when my mobile phone went missing and was adamant to be without one. I had a bet going … actually several bets in the following forms:
  1. will I last the 7-day ‘NO PHONE’ self impose ban?
  2. if I do, will I take it to the next level of permanent mobile connectivity retraction?
  3. if I don’t, will I get a Blackberry or an iPhone?
Let’s say none of the above held true … and sorry guys who bet-ted.

I was so filial {read: afraid of my mother’s nagging}, I quickly gave in; accepting the need to get a mobile phone on day 5, but resisted to have one physically on me until day 9. Just to spite everyone, I took my maid’s basic Nokia phone.

Even with the above bygone days long forgotten, I am still with one of the most old fashioned smart phones – not counting the official Blackberry – which exudes boring in any case.

Anyways, this is not about me {and apologies for my inability to step out of my innate Libran need to be narcissistic}, this is about an interesting graphical representation (info graphic) of the next generation’s work expectations done by Cisco and reproduced above.

Thanks SMZ for sharing – you are simply the best – in my books at least!

makes me wonder how many people actually live in the real world and have hired people or are looking for a serious job opportunity and career.
Even if one were to use the info graphic within a tightly confined geographical context and one of an affluent and developed nation {suggesting the United States of America here, which is where the data is coming from anyways, but questionable about the “affluent” bit as of now}, this argument of “The Next Generation’s Work Expectations” will hardly hold true.

In a tight labour market, a rude awakening will unfortunately hit these young, free spirited, parent-reliant job seekers as they discover that it will be the EmployeRs expectations that rules the day with a disproportionately high numbers of job seekers versus jobs available.

Trading in wifi, social media access, freedom of mobility and work sites for hard cash will be a farce the moment their reserves and handouts from mom and dad dries up as they enter the workforce. With the need for hard cash to sustain their desires for multiple gadgets … we’ll have to see who’s expectations are met and who’s rules rules the job market.

Nonetheless, neither should corporations across the globe sweep aside the expectation of the Gen-Y as they will be the mainstay and fast becoming the majority of the workforce demographics. Recognising how ingrained and ‘important’ social networking in today’s society is important and if harnessed correctly can produce desired results.

The trick therefore lies in tailoring towards the New Generation’s expectations while balancing the books.

GOOD NEWS: it appears that “the carrot and stick” tactic remains unchanged.
Corporations just got to figure out how to prepare the new species of carrot for a different palate!


2 thoughts on “Gen-Y trades wifi, social media freedom for hard cash?

  1. With or without access at work, there's always the smart phones and other gadgets. The problem with the "right to access" is employers do not see how it translates to productivity and bottom-line for them. Frankly, it doesn't not with people updating their thoughts, feelings, lives on tweeter and Facebook every 5 minutes or so, or playing games that can be addictive and distracting.I will be interesting to see the "right to remote" though and how the workforce will react when the realities of "remote" means on-call 24/7 hits them.So whoever whacked you has to be disillusion or a Gen-Y themselves!Ben

  2. Frankly it should be banned and blocked at the workplace Disruptive, unproductive, distracting.I am sick and tired of listening to excuses for badly done, incomplete work and the 'I don't have time'.

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