I'm only 38 but today I feel like I'm 68.
It used to be I was the youngest one in the crowd - among friends, family members and in the office. But now...I'm the old one.
In the workplace, I'm surrounded by youth - colleagues in their early-to-mid twenties - full of new ideas and passionate about shiny new tools to introduce inside the company. It's all good, of course. Fresh ideas are always a good thing. But these days, it's all just too much.
Every time we get used to using a new tool or platform, another one comes along that's better and faster. There's no time to enjoy or appreciate a tool; it's bang -- on to the next one! Yet another thing to learn and adapt to...in addition to our normal every day activities.
And with all these new tools, I don't even think my staff reads my emails anymore.
Companies like Atos and Volkswagen are cutting down on internal email to reduce overload and it's giving people ideas. Sure, we all suffer from electronic noise but like I said, these alternative tools in themselves are noise.
Whatever happened to a good old-fashioned phone call?