Women Veterans Career Network

Are Jobs Lost Due to Technology

I recently had a conversation with someone about how kiosks are replacing cashier jobs. We see them in most major chain stores 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 employ both millennials and baby-boomers. There are unique hurdles posed for employers and workers. Each party has a responsibility to learn how to navigate the process integration if there is a desire to move our economy and career forward. Millennials want to work in places that allow them to play with the latest gadgets and allow them to be innovative. They should be allowed to contribute ideas and learn to use their voice. As time progress, its an added value for what’s ahead.  

However, baby-boomers are reluctant to learn how to use specialized uprising machines, but it’s essential to stay current and develop professionally within any industry. It’s critical to 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 within 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 company has a different objective. So, how does everyone meet in the middle if we want our economy to flourish?

Research shows 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.

As an establishment desiring to grow, it essential to 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.  Employers must create room for growth within the company, and believe in the employee’s welfare because investing time and effort in their future remains imperative. 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. 

Are you seeking additional training without draining your bank account? Consider connecting Women Veterans Career Network® for professional development and affordable courses. It’s possible to boost your level of pay with one exam. 

Be creative when considering your future. Choosing the roll of stubbornness and unwillingness to advance won’t get you very far in the corporate world, but connecting with peers who are willing to ensure your success will. At WVCN, we’re one big tribe uplifting one another instead of tearing each other down. We’re committed to changing the income ratio for women in the military community. When one succeeds, we all succeed.