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I normally don’t mind being the only Generation Xr in the office, but sometimes it is so difficult.  Often times, my coworkers do not want to share in or learn the new technology and insist on doing things the old way.  When they do take an interest in something, I get to reteach all day every day until they finally get it.  I’m working out ways to handle this and hoping that when the Gen Y group shows up, they won’t feel the same way about me.
I have set all of their computers and Blackberries to larger font, learned to gather the group when one person has a computer question or issue, and constantly update URL’s and shortcuts to help them get where they need to be quicker.  Although these small things help, how am I going to help them when our current email system “moves to the cloud” this month?


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      Tuliplady wrote Jun 15, 2011
    • Welcome Jado.

      Wow, it sounds to me like you are doing your best to work with a group of very closed minded people.  Unfortunatley that is something that spans all generations.

      I wish you the best in teaching them new emailing.

      BTW, I’m a generationX and I have no clue what “moves to the cloud” means.



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      Anne E wrote Jun 15, 2011
    • I don’t think people’s comfort level with new technology has anything to do with their level of quality!  My dad built and tested parts that helped send astronauts into outer space, but doesn’t feel comfortable using the text message feature on his phone!

      I think it has a lot to do with how people’s brains are wired.  Some have an easy facility for languages, math, etc.  Younger people learn about computers at a young age when they are easily able to form the neural synapses that help them learn.  It’s the same way with learning to play a musical instrument when you‘re young-it comes easier to you.  I graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in chemistry so I don’t think I’m stupid or low quality, yet I did all my coursework by hand or on a typewriter.  I wasn’t introduced to computers until I was 30 and I’m not particularly handy with them.  My brain just isn’t wired that way.  I can pick up foreign languages fairly easily, yet have trouble with “computerese“.  My 19 year old nephew failed Spanish twice in high school, yet makes and edits great movies using his camcorder and computer!

      I would love having someone like you around to show me the ropes!  Your office mates may not always express it, but I’m sure they are grateful to you!



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jun 15, 2011
    • Hi Jado

      I think people are either interested in new or they are not. Doesn’t make them good or bad.... just different!

      I on the other hand am inpatiently waiting for my companies move to the clouds!



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      Cathie Beck wrote Jun 15, 2011
    • Hello Jado, and Welcome!  

      I’m a Boomer and it was my generation that created the start of today’s technology. I’m not interested in telephones that do just about anything (I don’t want to watch movies on a tiny screen!) but then I have the latest technology TV, while I need to upgrade my poor old computer. (Need the money to do so.)    

      So, I’m thinking it’s not generation gap with the older women in your office, but maybe a local cultural older woman thing maybe? I’m sure somewhere in their resistance to change the old way of doing things, there is gratitude for you teaching them.  

      Cathie



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      Jado70 wrote Jun 16, 2011
    • Thank you so much for your feedback, all!  After reading all the comments and re-reading my post, I will most assuredly rethink my position about whether this is generational or something else within my group.

      Sorry boomers who felt an ouch there...heart



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      Anne E wrote Jun 17, 2011
    • Thanks! BTW-my little brother calls me a “Luddite” frown

      It’s important to keep up with technology to get ahead in the working world.  I suppose we’ve had these periods in history many times (horse and buggy to car, hand sewing to machine, etc), but these days we make advancements so quickly!  We’ve got to learn to be flexible and open-minded.(Okay, by “we” I mean me!)



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