Conformity vs Accomodation in the Workplace
I attended a webcast today that focused on cultivating and retaining key skills and knowledge on your team across generations. One question that interestingly appeared in the chat window (I don’t think they intended for us to see the question) was along the lines of
When I started at my company, I had to conform to the communication and presentation styles of my company. Why the focus now to change to the new generations coming in?
Wow. Someone attending this webcast actually had this question? I started at my new company 8 months ago, and the world has changed a lot in those 8 months. Unless you started yesterday, things have changed. Even at an old company, culture evolves (albeit sometimes slowly). Furthermore, your company may have gone through a similar exercise of preparing for Gen X’ers like myself to come into the workforce, but since you weren’t there – you wouldn’t know it.
It seems to me that you have to be constantly evolving and reinventing yourself. Keep the good qualities, refine those that need improvement. Learn new skills while honing those that make you stand out. College grads entering the workforce today don’t know the world without the Internet. They are used to texting their friends, and seeing what they are up to online. You don’t have to be into that, but you’d better be in tune with it.
Just my 2 cents…