Are Younger Workers Really Changing IT?
It seemed inevitable that the next generation would shake up IT shops as we know them. But is it happening? I'm a pretty avid reader, but I just got around to starting Tom Brokaw's Boom!, which has been sitting on a bookshelf since Christmas. And right in the intro, an interesting phrase popped out at me.
"We're here and we have our own ideas."
He was talking about the attitudes of baby boomers, who enjoyed a longer adolescence than their older counterparts, as well as a more affluent lifestyle. So they became a new market for goods. And entertainment—Brokaw used the quote to illustrate the type of music these kids were after.
It's been several months since Ed Cone chronicled the rise of the new generation and it's potential impact on the IT workforce. (Ed also explained how to spot the generation gap and how to manage it, both of which are highly instructive.)
We've speculated even more on the impact—more Web 2.0 tools or emerging technologies, increased mobility, new workplace climates, etc. But I'd rather here it from you.
IT pros: are the new generation of workers shaking up IT as you know it? Are they bringing new ideas to your IT shop? Or is this a whole lot of babbling over a bunch of snot-nosed kids?