Technological advances are pervasive in our society, impacting almost every aspect of our life – including work. Smartphones, laptops, and/or tablets are used daily and information can be pulled seamlessly off the “cloud.” In some cases, we don’t even need to press buttons but rather simply wave our hand or ask a question to get a device to work. But just how comfortable are you with all this technology?
If you’re avoiding technology, not only are you fighting against the tide but you’re missing out on some amazing opportunities. Fundamentally technology is meant to help – it’s the “application of knowledge to the practical aims of human life” (Concise Encyclopedia) Make technology work for you, not against you.
Here are some quick tips for you:
1. Be open-minded and inquisitive
2. Find applications, software, and devices that meet your needs
3. Ask friends, family, and colleagues to find out what works and what doesn’t
4. Don’t shy away from something new; remember, change can be a good thing
5. Play around with new programs and devices by testing out their features
6. Take a refresher computer course; there are also new and/or refined features in software you may already be familiar with
7. When in doubt, ask an expert!
Lastly, remember that if you’re working with a younger population, they’ve grown up with technology and, consequently, have a certain level of comfort that other generations might never achieve. Millennials likely won’t remember the days before cell phones and the Internet. Reach out to this generation for help or advice and strive to always be tolerant of their constant reliance on tech.