How is the Connected Generation Reshaping the Workplace?

This year, JADE team had the possibility to attend a conference hosted by EIIL, on the theme “Leading the Connected Generation”. The event gave room to speeches by Seniors from different companies all over world, who brought their insights on how to lead connected generation and how it is affecting their current work life. During the event, the younger generation gave their inputs and their views about the future. They also discussed how the digital revolution is going to affect their future career.

Following the event, JADE hosted a Generations club. The JADE Generations Club, after two successful editions of the event in 2007 and 2009, aims to build bridges between the senior and the junior generation.

During the event two topics were discussed: How do we believe ICT is going to changing the workplace of today? And what do we believe will be the biggest change we will see in the workplace by 2025? The discussion revolved around how employers are managing and developing the connected generation, which is driven and powered by technology, appreciate to enjoy a good work- life balance and lives much faster than the generation of its parents.  In the conclusion younger generation showed their opinion towards workplace of 2025.

We had different participants during this year Generations Club. Represented seniors featured: Steven Price (EIIL), moderator of the event, Daniel Schaubacher (EEBF), Bridget Cosgrave (EveryEuropeanDigital), Sergej Koperdak (Youth Policy Unit, DG EAC) and Bruno Sermon (Microsoft).

Participants came from different cultures and different professional backgrounds, which helped widen the array of opinions on how the connected generation is reshaping the workplace.

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The results were presented live by the younger generation. They showcased their findings made during the event. The main point was that generations, especially the new one need to understand how to use technology, teachers need to be more supportive and use new technology in everyday life.  Having technology will help us to be more flexible, more productive and more organized.

The issues that could affect the younger generation is that information we are sharing at the moment could be used against us in the future, as privacy is more limited than we think. No one is adapted to the workplace of 2025, We do not know what to expect as everything is changing very fast; and there will not be office anymore as you will be able to work from anywhere with the help of the internet.

In the finance sector, this has meant a globalisation of capital flows and hence increased velocity in trading. A progressive automation of finance processes has increased risks since robots have sometimes replaced human traders. The digital revolution in the 1980s has also opened the way for a dangerous increase of shadow banking.

Telecommunications-wise, the industry has harmonised its standards as a result of the increase of cross-country communications. Besides this, governments have been led to slacken regulation on telecommunications by taxing this sector more indirectly. Liberalisation of legalization: indirect taxation because telecommunications are needed for the country to work.

It is interesting to note that the offer from that sector transformed itself very quickly but that on the other hand, we have moved too slowly in transforming business. This party explains the misadaptation of a part of the business world to this digital revolution.