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As we work our way through the current recession, I was struck by some interesting comments on the concept of the blended world as defined by Microsoft. The workplace of the second decade in this millennium will be a study in diversity. Older workers will encounter younger workers with workplace perspectives that are very different from the ones they shared in their youth.
The other day I was using my iPhone when a friend of my children said, “Why are using an iPhone? You’re too old!”
Really, too old? I didn’t realize there was a driver’s test necessary for the phone at my age. While I quickly educated this friend of my children on my own personal capabilities, we also talked about the differences in age, location and globalization on our culture. Everything is now blurred as we are working globally in a real time perspective. Technology has allowed us to take on multi-dimensional work on a global scale at a fraction of the investment even as little as 5-7 years ago. Our boundaries of personal space; permitting friendships and personal pursuits within the workplace are shrinking and someone born before 1960 must ask, “What is going on here?”
I embrace the blended world and its message, “The blended world is a world of choice, a world co-created from the business strategy; the attitudes, work styles, and composition of the workforce.” Using social networks internally and externally can keep employees and customers close.