I recently had a conversation with someone about how kiosks replace cashier jobs.  We see them in most major chains such as Target, Walmart, and Grocery stores.  I’m guilty of choosing to work with the cashier hoping that my dedication would impact the decision maker’s choice for keeping the cashiers on the registers and perhaps save their job.

The truth is whether I stand in line with a human cashier or an electric impersonator, it won’t slow down technology.  Believe it or not, computers create more jobs.  How?  It takes a workforce to man the machines.  The question is, are there enough people willing to improve their level of skills to meet the rising demand for technology.

Today’s modern workforce is becoming more challenging to convey to both millennials and baby-boomers.  There are unique hurdles posed for employers and workers.  Each one has a responsibility to learn how to navigate the process if there is a desire to move our economy and careers forward.

Millennials want to work in places that allow them to play with the latest gadgets and be innovative.  They should be allowed to contribute ideas and learn to use their voice.  As time progress, it will be needed.

Baby-boomers are reluctant to learn how to use specialized uprising machines, but it’s essential to stay current and develop professionally within your industry.  Learn how to master LinkedIn challenges, and new computer programs to avoid being stagnant.   Perhaps, even non-tech savvy positions can keep you within the loop of maintaining a career in the workforce.  Make it a habit of learning something new every year.

Managers desire to expand their businesses, grow their bottom line, and stand out among the competition.  Each one has a different objective. So, how does everyone meet in the middle if we want our economy to flourish?

Forbes states “Technology has replaced 90% of jobs humans used to do”.  Baby-boomers are experienced and carry far more weight when it comes to having the ability to mentor and teach work ethics.  So, it’s crucial to maintain a certain level of experience on board of an enterprise.  Senior expertise is precious for companies to continue existence and growth.  Being knowledgeable does not excuse the fact that times are changing, and baby-boomers must keep up with technology if they desire to remain in the workforce.

An establishment desiring to grow must also offer upgraded equipment that invites the innovation of the millennials.  Having outdated office equipment indicates hard labor, and that won’t fly.  Conduct weekly, monthly, or quarterly training that will ensure the employees they’re cared for, respected, and appreciated.  Implement mentorship training to support employees.  This show’s there’s room for growth within the company, and you believe in their welfare because you’re investing time and effort for their future.  Avoid high turnovers by keeping a mixture of new ideas between the two groups and remember to place employees where they can operate in their passion.  It may require changing their position or having to alter their pay.  Either way, if you have an excellent employee place them where they’ll excel and your company will shine.  Then, it becomes a win-win for everyone.

It’s possible to find additional training without draining your bank account.  There are student loans, grants, the GI Bill/Post 911, and even some organizations that offer low-cost training that can boost your level of pay with one exam.

It’s time to be creative when considering your future because being stubborn and unwilling to advance won’t get you very far in the corporate world.

Sistah Soldier is an inspirational activist who helps veterans, women, and minorities step into the call of God for their lives. She creates online courses and training’s to assist women in transition in their careers.  She’s the CEO, Host, and Executive Producer of SHE VET ™ iNSPIRES.com Television Show, and the Executive Recruiter for SHE WORKS Digital ™.  This article was written for She Serves, She Matters of Americas Heroes Group and The Chicago Crusader Newspaper.  Copyrights Reserved© Sistah Soldier 2019

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