There were two articles yesterday that mentioned how when those in their twenties and thirties take over the Information Technology (IT) departments, that things are going to change… and change for the better. You have to be impressed with the outlook that future IT managers have, but you also have to wonder if they are singing Kumbaya’s around the camp fire and not really seeing the details of what it takes to run an IT department from start to finish.
On CIO.Com’s “How IT Will Change When Gen Y Runs the Show“, 27 year-old Gen Y’er Kristine Harper says that the key to running an effective IT department is through management allowing IT to be “a little bit more fun, encouraging, flexible, positive. There’ll be fewer meetings, more networking, more teams.”
I’m going to throw out a few more quotes from Harper, and you can stop reading them when it brings you back to the ideas that Gen X’ers had during the Dot.Com boom along with a pinch of Twitter and Facebook tossed in:
- I would focus on increasing motivation and community in the workplace
- I would try to emphasize the importance of employee get-togethers outside of [work] to promote a stronger sense of community and friendship.
- I think when you feel strongly about the workplace and the people involved, there is a sense of motivation that comes with that.
- We want to be successful in our jobs, but just in a different way.
- It doesn’t mean being in our office every day 9 to 5, it means getting your job done, whatever your job is.