The emergence of the Modern Employee

The emergence of the Modern Employee
The Emergence of Modern Employees

Having a different way of thinking and approach to work is no longer the preserve of Millennials. Instead there is a growing number of modern employees who are starting to question the traditional paradigms of where, when and how they work. Employees who have a more values led approach to work, are more socially conscious and embrace technology. A group of employees that is growing exponentially in number within the workplace that are influenced by technology and learning from the Millennials they work with. It is a group that needs to be listened to by big business whether they like it or not.

This is because the Millennial generation who were new to the workplace, disrupting the status quo and as a result often resented by senior management for being naive, idealistic and lazy, are finally starting to reach management levels themselves. They are finally able to implement and demonstrate their new ways of working and get results, which is starting to change the behaviour of the non-millennials around them.

Originally this new ‘type’ of employee was simply referred to as Millennials, a digitally native bunch of young people coming into the workplace about a decade ago who “did not really understanding how the world of work really is” (a phrase I’ve heard so many business leaders say over the years!). This new type of employee initially caused some friction as they questioned the old paradigms of working and suggested new ways of doing things, usually by harnessing technology, which resulted in them being classed as naive, entitled and idealistic by their bosses. However, over time, the older generations started to take notice of this new way of thinking. They realised that maybe these so-called Millennials weren’t just talking rubbish and this whole ‘digital thing’ with it’s new ways of working and thinking had some merit.

“Over time, the older generations started to take notice to this new way of thinking. They realised that maybe these so-called Millennials weren’t just talking rubbish and this whole ‘digital thing’ with it’s new ways of working and thinking had some merit.”

This change in perception was largely due to the fact that technology started to permeate more people’s lives outside of work as it became cheaper, more sophisticated and more accessible due to widespread fast internet. In doing so, older generations started to understand and experience what these Millennials were going on about, why they had some of their views and maybe they weren’t as naive and idealistic as originally thought.

This new way of thinking is now spilling over from the home environment and into the work environment, which is giving rise to the ‘modern employee’. This new type of employee is not just defined by their age group i.e. Millennials. They are not digital natives and they are not visionaries. They are simply regular employees who have adopted new behaviours that is the result of a mindset change brought about by embracing technology.

“This new type of employee is not just defined by their age group i.e. Millennials. They are not digital natives and they are not visionaries. They are simply regular employees who have adopted new behaviours that is a result of a mindset change brought about by embracing technology.”

This new mindset is no longer a Millennial issue. It is a modern employee issue. It just took other generations a bit longer to get on board with this new way of thinking. Businesses must recognise this growing shift in employee behaviour and respond quickly otherwise they face becoming irrelevant.