The echo generation is not a new story. We’ve heard about them for years. Those born in the eighties and nineties, they’re called the echo generation because they are the demographic echo of their parents: the infamous baby boomers.
We knew by their sheer volume the echo generation would transform our lives. And why wouldn’t they? They are a fast, quick thinking group with information at their fingertips. With mobile phones and unlimited access, no question goes unanswered for more than a few minutes. Arguments about facts are settled within a google second… there is no dispute over who is right or wrong. The ultimate multi-tasker. They are involved with everything. They talk, text, download music, post to social media accounts, take photos… sometimes simultaneously!. And they do it at all hours of the day. Their social circle reaches to all corners of the world. They can as easily talk, Facetime or Skype to Singapore at any hour of the day on a whim, at less than a moment’s notice!
The echo generation is plugged in
Like in the Matrix they are the totally plugged-in citizens of a worldwide community. The only difference is the plug is wireless and it’s not in their head. And with this connection comes the transformations that has changed the way we do business…. and the speed in which we do it in.
The echo generation extended our work day
You may not have noticed. It’s been a slow, insidious process. But the extended work day has seeped into our work culture and personal world. It’s not overtime that’s a few extra hours here and there at the end of the day. It’s a work day that starts you get up and ends when you go to sleep… if you go to sleep! Now that the echo generation is part of the work force they are keeping us up at night. I call it the No Place, No Time Rule. It doesn’t matter where you are or what time it is, as long as there is access, your work day is not over. I keep my phone by the side of the bed and listen for the tell-tale tone that informs me I need to respond. Think about it… when planning a holiday in whatever part of the world… one of the check marks about a place is whether it has WiFi… and if it’s free!
Did the echo generation create the new work order?
Who created this business landscape? Many say it’s the echo generation. I tend to give credit where credit is due… to those that have created the foundation of the technology and gave the echo generation the tools. Suffice to say neither Bill Gates nor Steve Jobs are from the echo generation! But, did the echo generation seize the technology and make it work the way they wanted? Regardless of who created this, the echo generation have paved the way to a work week without borders. No longer are weekends true weekends. It’s 24/7. Better get used to it.