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  • Generation Z – Ambassadors to the Future of Work

    first_imgIn the Digital Age, the landscape of the modern workplace is in constant flux. The rapid pace at which emerging technologies have evolved has begun to pay off big dividends for organizations who have embraced digital transformation. Both hard and software solutions have learned to integrate with one another to create new, more flexible business models designed to increase a company’s reach and offer greater opportunities for personalization, collaboration, information sharing and mobility.Bridging the generation gapThe influence of these changes on today’s workforce cannot be underestimated, especially when we consider that this meteoric rise has resulted in considerable discrepancies in the ways different generations view not just their work environment, but technology itself. To keep their employees happy across the board, companies are now placing greater emphasis on Diversity & Inclusion programs to address the generational divide within their ranks.With this in mind, Dell Technologies has recently commissioned a study by Dimensional Research to examine the impact today’s technology has on the mindset of Generation Z, aged 24 and below, who are expected to represent 20% of the workforce by 2020. By better understanding the changing needs, priorities and skills they require to succeed, organizations can form a more accurate picture of their own specific digital transformation requirements for enticing this younger breed of hyper-connected workers who consider technology second nature, and create a bridge between generations that will allow this new group to become ambassadors of digital change going forward.The changing definition of diversityBy definition, diversity comes in many forms. Whereas a decade ago it was measured primarily in terms of an employee’s sex, Gen Z does not show the same gender issues as its predecessors. As they begin to rise in popularity in the workforce, this issue is poised to resolve itself.This is further highlighted by the ways in which the human / machine partnership is changing job roles, leaving more automated tasks to computers and freeing up employees to orchestrate, innovate and plan new ways of working. As AI and other emerging techs begin to interact more closely with one another and increase emphasis on creativity in planning and team interaction, IT becomes more interesting to what were once considered stereotypically female traits. This has resulted in a greater number of women in IT roles across the board, a trend which shows no sign of stopping.Changing priorities, evolving methodsEngaging the interests and imagination of young workers is a highly productive way for organizations to discover interesting insights and create new methods of collaboration, while increasing the loyalty of a group who does not envision working for the same company for a lifetime. To better understand how to accomplish these goals, we must first examine Gen Z’s mindset:78% want to work with cutting edge technology to further their careersFor a generation who has grown up constantly connected and technologically advanced, the ability to use the same tech tools they have at home is extremely important. Companies unwilling to invest in digital transformation run the risk of frustrating younger workers, resulting in higher turnover and reduced efficiency. Personalization of the workplace is a key component for keeping them satisfied and loyal.47% want the ability to learn new skills and have new experiencesFor Gen Z, having the latest technology at their disposal not only means increased efficiency in the workplace, it also provides them with the proper tools to better their skills, keep them happy with their jobs, and discover new ways of working that rely more and more on the innovations found in emerging technologies.33% want to work for a socially or environmentally responsible organizationMore so than their predecessors, Gen Z is very concerned with the policies and ethics of the company they work for. Initiatives such as well-defined Corporate Social Responsibility programs and an environmentally aware outlook are important factors in attracting and retaining the younger set. Gen Z does not simply want a paycheck – they want to make a difference.44% want work that has meaning and purpose beyond just getting paidGen Z is socially active and places more emphasis on the concept of work / life balance than its older counterparts. They want more than just money for their efforts. This includes a stronger team mentality, greater mobility and the chance to work from home with a more fluid work schedule that better suits their personal and family needs. They see work as an extension of themselves, rather than a definition of who they are. To earn their loyalty, modern organizations need to prove their own.The value of reverse mentoringSurprisingly, though Gen Z relies more heavily on technology than their predecessors, they show an eagerness for more human interaction. They have made it clear that just because they are on their phones does not mean they are not interacting. In fact, 76% say that social media can be a valuable tool in the workplace.This desire to be part of a team and increase human communication in its various forms has resulted in a trend of reverse mentoring. Gen Z shows an eagerness to teach older generations when it comes to tech, not only to make their department as strong as possible, but so they themselves get the data they need quickly. A stunning 70% are willing to be mentors to others on the job, as they consider technology to be a strong ally for improving communication and the transfer of information, be it personal or work related. This gives added confidence and ability to potentially less tech savvy employees. From a company standpoint, this means that any investment in Digital Transformation will pay dividends more quickly.This same idea is mirrored in families, as grandchildren are teaching grandparents computer and mobile phone skills to improve communication and stay better connected. When mirrored in a work environment, efficiency is greatly increased for all.Changes in learning, changes in leadershipAs Dell Technologies’ Realize 2030 Vanson Bourne study has shown, the concept of learning is changing from what a potential employee has learned to how quickly he or she can learn as new solutions emerge. This highlights the increased need for forward thinking organizations to focus on how to entice and retain the best and brightest of this new breed of tech ambassadors. Investing in a solid digital transformation initiative with a focus on creating a personalized workplace that suits every generation is the surest way to keep your ambassadors of the future happy and eager to raise the overall level of IT expertise within your company.As the human/machine partnership solidifies and evolves, the changing of roles is inevitable. In the days to come, the uniquely human skill remains the ability to envision ways to improve and drive business, not the tech behind it. To achieve this, the insights of tomorrow’s leaders are of absolute importance.last_img read more

  • On-loan Liverpool keeper Karius ends Besiktas contract

    first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Goalkeeper Loris Karius has terminated his contract with Turkish side Besiktas following a dispute over unpaid wages, the on-loan Liverpool goalkeeper said on Monday.Liverpool loaned German Karius to Besiktas on a two-year deal in August 2018 after paying a world-record fee for a goalkeeper when they signed Brazilian Alisson. Karius, who was widely criticised for being at fault for two goals when Liverpool lost the 2018 Champions League final to Real Madrid, complained to world soccer’s governing body FIFA last year that Besiktas had not paid him for several months.The 26-year-old said in a post on Instagram on Monday: “Today I terminated my contract with Besiktas.“It’s a shame it comes to an end like this but you should know that I have tried everything to solve this situation without any problems.“I was very patient for months telling the board over and over again.“Same things happened already last year. Unfortunately they haven’t tried to solve this problem and even refused my suggestion to help by taking a pay cut.” The 26-year-old Karius will now return to Liverpool following the termination of his deal in Turkey.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Alisson BeckerBesiktasLiverpoolLoris Kariuslast_img read more

  • Eagles United face Haynes &Lewis Winners Connection in Mayor’s Cup final tonight

    first_imgBy Joe ChapmanAFTER safely negotiating their way to the final, both Eagles United and Haynes and Lewis Winners Connection are to face off for the top prize when the final of the linden Town Week Mayor’s Cup football championship takes place from 21.00hrs tonight (Tuesday) at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.While that final game is the main event, the third-place playoff game between Net Rockers and Capital FC at 19.00hrs and a warm-up for the National Under-17 squad against a Linden Under -20 Selection from 18.00 hrs will begin the night of action.Eagles United are the top tanked side and will retain that tag after this final as Net Rockers, who were ranked second, were knocked out by Winners Connection while Capital FC lost to Eagles in their semi-finals clash.Eagles from Christianburg are slightly favoured to cart off the honours as their lead players have shown form and they are confident with their preparations.Following their win over Capital FC, their coach ‘Toto’ Stephens acknowledged that it was a great game but said they were going back to the drawing board before the final.Eagles coach ‘Toto’ Stephens said he knew that the Capital FC would come  hard at his players because of their youthfulness, but his side was prepared for the challenge and knew that in the latter stages of the encounter, his side would have gained the upper hand based on its experience.He was in high praise for the Capital FC side and said they are a side to watch. But he said they are going back to the drawing board for their championship gameEagles United overcame the youthful challenge of Capital FC by a 3-1 margin while Haynes & Lewis Winners Connection prevailed by a 4-3 penalty kick score-line over Net Rockers to book their place.In their semi-final clash, Winners Connection and Net Rockers played to a 1-1 stalemate and extra time failed to produce a winner which resulted in the game being put on the line from the penalty spot and the Winners Connection moved through via the 4-2 scoreline when Shaquille Frank gave them the lead in the 32nd minute only to see it cancelled out four minutes later by a Shane Luckie free-kick in the 36th minute.Coach of the Haynes & Lewis Winners Connection, Orrin Trotman said “The game was a bit challenging for us as we had to put in lots of work to come out winners for this game. We have a set of young players and older ones and because of it being a relatively new team, it was not easy in getting them to synchronise well.”In the second semi-final, Capital FC did play a tactical game and were in the hunt for an upset over the reigning Upper Demerara champions, Eagles United, who had taken the lead early through a Donovan Francis-strike in the 16th minute of play.However, Capital FC matched their more seasoned rivals with energy and style as they were unafraid to come forward and give it their all.last_img read more

  • IPL 2016: Virat Kohli highlights dream season for batsmen

    first_img60 matches, 17963 runs and 652 wickets later we finally have a winner as Sunrisers Hyderabad clinched their maiden Indian Premier League title with a 8-run victory over Royal ChallengerBangalore at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Sunday. (Full IPL Coverage)Season nine of the IPL was all about records being shattered. After a slow-start, the tournament really picked up and how. RCB captain Virat Kohli was the usual suspect in most cases with his individual statistics touching the roof.Fours and Sixes were scored for fun in this tournament where batsmen had the time of their lives on the flat batting pitches on offer throughout the season. (Heartbreak for Virat Kohli, Sunrisers Hyderabad win maiden IPL title)The cash-rich league has always been a statisticians delight, but this year the players and the teams took it to a whole new level.VIRAT KOHLI SETS THE BENCHMARKRoyal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli was the flavour of the IPL this season. The Delhi lad almost single-handedly guided his team to the title clash on the back of some unbelievable knocks. Kohli set numerous records this season which won’t broken any time soon for sure. (Virat Kohli fails to breach 1000-run mark but becomes all time leading IPL scorer)With 973 runs in 16 games at an average of 81.08 and a strike rate of 152.03, he finished as the highest scorer this season. No other batsmen has been able to score as many runs in a single season of the IPL. The previous best was by his RCB teammate Chris Gayle, who scored 733 runs in the 2012 edition at an average of 61.08. Last year’s Orange Cap holder David Warner had scored 562 runs in 14 matches at 43.23.advertisementThe 27-year-old had not scored a century in T20 cricket before the IPL this year. Now he has four tons to his credit, a record which no one else has been able to emulate in any other T20 tournament around the world. (Five reasons why Royal Challengers Bangalore lost IPL 2016 final)Kohli is also the only captain to have scored the most number of runs in a T20 series eclipsing Hampshire captain James Vince’s 710 runs in the Natwest T20 blast in 2015. He is also the first captain in IPL to score more than 500 runs in three separate seasons. He scored 634 runs in 2013 and 505 runs in 2015.DAVID WARNER AND AB DE VILLIERS FOLLOW SUITDavid Warner was the second highest run-scorer in the IPL this season. (BCCI Photo) Sunrisers Hyderabad produced yet another clinical display last night to be crowned champions for the first time. One man who was instrumental in their success this season was skipper David Warner. (David Warner joins Virat Kohli in elite list)The hard-hitting Australian opener has lead from the front and finished as the second highest run scorer this season with 848 runs in 17 games at 60.57 with 9 half-centuries to his name, the most by any player this season. He held the record last year as well with 7 half-centuries. (Records galore as Sunrisers Hyderabad lift maiden IPL title)Warner’s highest score this season came in the second qualifier against Gujarat Lions as he made an unbeaten 93 in just 58 balls to propel his team to their maiden IPL final.Royal Challengers Bangalore superstar AB de Villiers completes the top three with 687 runs at 52.84 with a highest score of 129 not out in a league encounter against Gujarat Lions. His captain Virat Kohli also got a century in that match but couldn’t surpass the South African for once. The duo put on 229 runs in just 96 balls for the third wicket with De Villiers’ 129 being the highest individual score by any batsman this season. The partnership between the two best batsmen in world cricket is also the highest stand in the history of T20 cricket.The rare feat of two batsmen scoring a century in the same match has happened only twice in IPL history. Kohli and de Villiers have been a part of a record five century stands this season. (Virat Kohli gutted after failing to win Indian Premier League)De Villiers’ mettle was once again tested by Gujarat Lions in the first qualifier when RCB were reduced to 29 for 5 chasing 159 for victory. Mr. 360 stepped up in that game after a rare failure from Kohli and hammered an unbeaten 79 as RCB qualified for the final.MS DHONI – THE ULTIMATE FINISHERMahendra Singh Dhoni had the worst season of his glittering career as captain of the Rising Pune Supergiants. But Dhoni, the finisher, gave us a moment to remember before bowing out of the competition.advertisementPlaying against Kings XI Punjab in their final league match, Pune were chasing a target of 173 for victory. The unflappable Dhoni was at the crease and running out of partners with 23 runs needed in the final over.Kings XI spinner Axar Patel was handed the ball with Captain Cool on strike. He mis-hit the first ball, refused a single and the next one went wide down the leg-side. Dhoni then hammered three mammoth sixes and a boundary in the next five balls to ensure a four-wicket win for RPS and set an IPL record for the highest number of runs chased down successfully in the last over.ADAM ZAMPA’S SIX-WICKET HAUL GOES IN VAINYoung Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa looks a bright prospect for future after he impressed one and all in his debut season in the Indian Premier League. Zampa picked up 12 wickets in the five games that he played for the Rising Pune Supergiants.Zampa came into the limelight this season in a league match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Visakhapatnam. The 24-year-old single-handedly ran through the batting lineup and finished with 6 wickets for 19 runs in his 4 overs as SRH were restricted to 137/8 in 20 overs. But Dhoni’s Supergiants have been in such terrible form this season that they couldn’t chase down the below-par score and lost the match by 4 wickets.Zampa entered the record books as being the second bowler in IPL history to pick up six wickets in an innings after Sohail Tanvir, who took 6 for 14 against Chennai Super Kings in 2008. Pune’s loss also meant that Zampa’s bowling figures were the best by any bowler in a losing cause.IPL 2016 BY THE NUMBERS Bhuvneshwar Kumar finished as the highest wicket-taker with 23 scalps. (BCCI Photo)Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad have been the two best teams this season not just because they reached the final but also because the players from both the teams dominated most of the statistics and records this season.973 – Runs scored by Virat Kohli in season 9, the most by any batsmen in a single edition of the IPL. Kohli had 11 scores in excess of 50 runs that include his 4 magnificent hundreds. The RCB skipper was hitting two fifties in every three games this season. (Also Read: Virat Kohli latest victim as Orange Cap jinx continues in IPL)23 – Wickets taken by Sunrisers pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who also took home the Purple Cap. Bhuvi was averaging 21.30 in the tournament.38 – Sixes hit by Virat Kohli to finish on top of the six-hitters list beating his teammate AB de Villiers by 1 six. 638 sixes were hit in total while 10356 runs were scored from boundaries. David Warner finished with the most boundaries with 88.17,963 – Runs were scored off the bat by the batsmen this season.652 – Wickets taken in the entire duration of IPL 9.150.31 kmph – Fastest ball bowled by in the tournament by Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Jason Holder.57 – Batsmen failed to open their account and got out on a duck this season. KKR all-rounder Andre Russell got out on a duck five times, the most by any batsmen.advertisementMumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard and Delhi Daredevils’ Chris Morris are tied in first spot for hitting the fastest fifty this season. Both players took 17 deliveries to get there.6.90 – Economy rate of Hyderabad’s star pacer Mustafizur Rahman. The left-handed Bangladeshi bowler a.k.a Fizz, grabbed 17 wickets in the season and finished with the best economy rate among bowlers who have bowled more than 50 overs throughout the season.last_img read more