Most people have always been focused on growing their bank accounts and 401Ks, on earning more money so that they can finally afford that trip or new home. Life seemed to be measured in terms of dollar signs. This mindset, however, is shifting - especially as Millennials and Gen Z-ers enter and age up in the work force. Yes, money will always be important. But today’s professionals are increasingly concerned with how they spend their time - in the office and out of the office.
One of the characteristics that defines Millennial employees is a widespread interest in flexibility. They are not satisfied merely with watching their bank accounts grow while slaving away at a desk for 12 hours a day. They want time to travel, explore new career paths, indulge in entrepreneurial dreams, and make new connections. Although they are young, they are keenly aware that life is short, and they intend to spend their time finding purpose and fulfillment.
This concern with making the most of every minute has transformed them into a generation of multi-taskers. They answer emails on their morning commutes, swipe through mobile dating apps while spending time with friends, and even manage their personal finances in all-staff meetings; in many ways, not taking advantage of resources to multi-task is akin to wasting time.
Luckily for them, there is an array of technological tools and resources available to help them maximize their efforts in minimal time. Here are just a few ways today’s technology can increase time:
Although not every company allows flexible working arrangements, there is a growing movement to allow employees to work how they want, when they want… so long as they get their work done. This means that professionals don’t have to be glued to their desk chairs for 8 or 9 hours a day if they are able to achieve their responsibilities in 6. Tracking and analytics platforms enables workers to measure the performance of their systems and campaigns, without having to devote hours to manually calculating the effectiveness. Burstorm’s cloud ecosystem platform is one example of a technological resource designed to amplify performance and save on time. The platform enables teams to manage all cloud and network settings within one location. The streamlined interface makes it easy to keep track of the network’s assets, detect opportunities for enhanced performance, and collaborate with others. Without this kind of resource, teams would be relegated to manually tracking - costing them hours in time and money every day.
Technology has opened up a wealth of education possibilities. It’s now feasible to learn Italian everyday during a commute, rather than devoting hours each weekend to a classroom setting. When people don’t understand a product, they can simply watch a five minute YouTube tutorial. And, of course, the answer to every history question can be found through a simple Google search instead of pouring over textbooks and an encyclopedia. Technology has made learning of every kind immediate. Organizations are incorporating this immediacy into the ongoing employee education programs, thus allowing them to save on time and money. By digitizing employee education, employees can choose when and where to complete their required trainings - they don’t have to physically attend seminars and they don’t have to block out a full day of time for a lesson that may only take them 1 or 2 hours to understand in actuality. While digital learning doesn’t always replace in-person programs, more organizations, including Osha, are leveraging the potential of digital resources within their broader training offerings.
Communication is the foundation of every successful organization. Regardless of industry, employees must ably communicate with team members and customers on a regular basis. New communications platforms and technologies have increased the speed and efficiency of team communications. Today, when professionals want to connect with colleagues in other offices, they don’t have to travel, they can simply set up a Google Video Hangouts and still achieve valuable face-to-face, or screen-to-screen time. Today, employees don’t even have to spend hours on their daily commutes to still achieve productivity. Technology enables workers to telecommute, while remaining connected with their teams and networks.
Additionally, if an organization needs to alert customers of a timely announcement, they can spread the word in one fell swoop. Rather than creating mass communications, they can simply tweet or update a new Facebook status to achieve the same effect.
For younger employees, time isn’t just money; in many ways, it’s more valuable than money. Younger generations are more eager to obtain experiences than products, and relying on technology to increase productivity enables them to achieve that dream. Organizations that supply employees with technological resources to streamline communications, mitigate wasted time on daily tasks, and achieve results in less time will be able to constantly improve operations, as well as retain talent amongst younger generations.