Social media channels are no longer just a fun little thing that you do on the side. It’s a key part of work. Of life. LinkedIn is a way that you can connect with your colleagues, not around the water cooler with small talk but about stuff that drives you, motivates you and challenges you. Not just your existing colleagues, all the colleagues you’ve ever worked with and might work with in the future. And by the way more people are on Facebook in the UK than are registered to vote apparently.
Now how do you create a change in the workplaces in Scotland to embrace our robot friends? I can’t help feel there are lots of transferable skills here and what we’ve been doing in community development over the years - getting people in communities engaged and on board – is now being embraced beyond our bubble. Everyone wants to know how to change your company culture and for their products to be “human centred”. It seems like the skills we’ve got in creating positive change and putting people at the centre of that are more important than ever before.
I used to be on the innovation team at work. On one occasion we went mad with post its, competitions, ideas and prizes and although shared space was provided for it to happen year round it was difficult for the wider staff team who were kept really busy with the day job. But now, it seems everyone is in to it. It’s the thing. I know Scottish government has invested in it with things like the CAN DO initiative. It’s the secret behind massive trillion-dollar companies like Google and Amazon and the how to make your services and company something that is relevant now and in the future. Oh that’s another word that appears to have taken the work place by storm. Future. I met a Future Living Specialist and I had to ask the man - that do you do? An engineer. Ah, oh okay. Gotcha.
A Catch up Culture
The pace of change in the workplace seems to have increased. I’ve been back 6 months and only now am I finding time to reflect and putting my thoughts out there. I’m sure I’m not just catching up anymore from the time off. I think, everyone is catching up permanently.
I know friends have found it hard to balance life and family. Change is hard. Even if millennials don’t think so. I thought millennials were young things, but recently I looked it up. I am one. On the older side of the phenomena but still good to know.
My morning commute companion on the radio has changed for the better – and not just because she’s a female voice, Lauren Laverne has a feature while you were sleeping, which lets you catch up on music that’s been released overnight! Change and being on perma catch up seems to be inevitable. Goodness help me when I take my summer holiday. Now I know why the Japanese with their future thinking, advanced technology don’t take holidays!