*Grumpy Old Boomer!
If you know me you’ll get this. If you don’t, then you might need some salt. :o)
I’m getting a little tired of Millennials…
But recent events show that they might all have a point. Voting patterns in both Brexit and Trumpgate indicate that Millennials voted against the final result in their droves.
Is this a real sign of the generational fragmentation of society both sides of the Atlantic in the digital information age?
I think so.
But there’s more.
There is no doubt that the Boomers and GenX have sucked it dry and stolen a lot of life choices for the Ms. Can’t deny it, the evidence is everywhere. Education costs, housing costs, pensions (or lack of them) , the rape of the earth and nature and much more. We never had it so good and now the chickens are roosting on our doorsteps. Mixing metaphors here but you know what I mean.
But there’s more.
Much has been made of the impact Millennials will have once they come into positions of management and leadership. Not just talking construction here. Undoubtedly that’s true, I believe so anyway. The digital natives, the makers and coders will take us to places we’ve not thought of yet. That’s their destiny and I’m sure it’ll happen, and I hope I will experience just a bit of that.
But…whilst valid this isn’t the whole picture…this thinking neglects all those in mid to late career (like me) hoping for a decent retirement, coasting to the end of career, looking forward to a life of cocktails on the beach, sculpting, painting and building guitars (that’s me anyway). But between now and then what do we do? We need to get on the digital train and we will need all the help we can get. And assuming I’m a digital native ain’t gonna go very far or cut the mustard. In fact even now I might not even be able to turn on a computer. Yes they do exist and they are very real.
So moving into transforming our industry, to a digitally enabled future, competing in a global market that will grow by 70% by 2025 according to UK Gov, then we will need to respect the generational tectonic plates. And we will need to provide awareness, support and training tailored to each group’s needs. This is not a flopsy Onesie – one size definitely does not fit all.
Whilst change is never comfortable, and it means the death of something familiar to embrace the new – this transformation to digital working offers us fresh hope, new opportunities for growth and the very real possibility and potential for lasting change for good in our industry in many ways. Whatever our age or role, no-one can really afford to miss out on this.
We have have around 4 years for the industry to be at BIM Level 2 business as usual, to be ready to access all that follows.
We need to get cracking!!!
Watch this space!