A year ago, I was sitting in a room with a guest speaker who was ranting about how difficult those darn Millennials were to incorporate into the workforce. “They expect everything and do nothing all day! And on top of it all, they think they know everything!” the speaker said.
I was impressed with his zeal for generational discrimination, but somewhat frustrated with his lack of perspective. As one of those late Millennials, I can definitely agree that I think I know everything (in fact, I’m pretty sure that I do know everything). And yeah, I guess you could say that I’m pretty high maintenance considering I’ve never actually used MS-DOS and I still get confused when someone talks about dial-up internet. But seriously, I don’t “expect everything.” I had to settle on an Android phone with only 2GB of data due to budget issues. And my iPad2 has terrible screen resolution, but my wife won’t let me upgrade. And come to think of it, my desk chair smells like Speed Stick, but I’ve never uttered a word of complaint.
Okay, maybe the guy’s got a point. We Millennials are kind of loony. We want more memory so we can run everything out in the cloud. And when it comes to software, less is more. Having to read things gets tedious at times, so it’s nice to be able to do your job by just pushing buttons in an application. Even as we speak I’m dictating this masterpiece to Siri who is writing all this stuff down. That being said, I can imagine why IT departments are losing all their hair and have switched to diet sodas with us kooks coming into the workforce (on a side note, janitorial work hasn’t been as bad as I thought). We want to bring our own devices, take care of our own problems, and download our own applications. Just like Jesse said, we Millennials (or in Latin, digitas nativis) came out of the womb with our technology. It’s hard to relinquish control.
So after it’s all been said and done, Millennials and IT have beef with each other. IT wants control, but so do I. They want to secure sensitive data and manage my applications, but I want freedom to do what I want, wherever I want. It’s kind of like Iron Man against Captain America (I’m Iron Man of course): One guy is self-absorbed, wasteful, and devilishly handsome, while the other guy is heroic, resourceful, and supremely muscular. A whole lot of bad things can happen when they’re together, but when they work in unison, they’re a force to be reckoned with.
That’s why I love LANDesk. The agent gets installed on my Android, iPad, or laptop automatically, and allows me to select what services I need and what apps I want. IT empowers me through LANDesk, and then I empower IT by buying them a non-diet Dr. Pepper. Thus, Iron Man does his thing, while Captain America saves the business, and all order is returned to the enterprise (If you haven’t seen the Avengers then this probably doesn’t make sense).
I’ll be the first to admit that we Millennials are a little off our rocker, even manic perhaps, but LANDesk keeps the insanity from spreading to IT. And to be quite honest, I’m pretty happy with it. We just sit back, relax, and write blogs on how to deal with our generation. Why? Because with LANDesk, we can.