3 Ways Technology and Social Media Are Hurting the Current Workforce

Passion February 8, 2018

3 Ways Technology and Social Media Are Hurting the Current Workforce

Jason Richmond
Jason is passionate about helping large companies embrace outstanding culture. He engages with clients by sharing his passion for learning and instilling a sense of leadership and confidence with everyone.

Technology is evolving at a faster rate than ever before—and truly, what you can do these days compared to 10-15 years ago is astonishing. While travel may have been a perk for some, those adverse to flying, those with young families or even the CEO’s tired of the hotel hustle are likely rejoicing in the incredible benefits that technology and social media have for communication and meetings. With an application or program for virtually anything you need to get done, there’s nothing standing in your way from having a productive day as long as you’re attached to a phone or computer. There is, however, something happening below the surface worth mentioning: the negative impact currently hurting the workforce. From lazy employees to hopeful hires that “overshare,” here are three reasons we should proceed with caution:

E-Mail Miscommunications

For Jeanne Cuff, Senior Delivery Manager at TEKsystems, she has seen firsthand how technology is impacting companies through her time spent in the Information Technology world, “There is a major abuse of e-mail happening throughout companies. First of all, employees get lazy and send unprofessional e-mails to one another with long, run-on sentences and lacking the proper punctuation. While that’s a poor habit in general, it is incredibly significant for global companies with employees of all cultures and language backgrounds. You may have had three pieces of really important information inside your email but without the proper punctuation and formatting, it’s just a wall of words— syntax matters.”

Tech-Induced Laziness

Secondly, Cuff sees a major problem in the increasing lack of attention from employees, which she contributes to the daily flood of continuous communications. “People get endless amounts of e-mails, notifications, and other forms of communication every day—and all that does is leave people disengaged. Everyone’s a skimmer these days instead of taking the time to sit down and read an entire message. This is where critical things get missed.”

Social Posts Hurt Opportunities on Both Sides

There is, however, a way that technology can hurt your chances of ever getting those endless rounds of communication in the first place: social media. This two-way street impacts both the hiring companies and those looking to find their dream jobs, as people are more frequently visiting social media profiles prior to signing the deal. For prospective employees, they can now look up their future employers on sites such as Glass Door that displays real-time insights into the culture of a company, their salary standards and testimonials from current or past employees. This can help determine whether or not this company is the right fit for someone well before they make any life-changing decisions.

On the reverse side, social media is having a major impact on applicants that may have had the tendency in the past to overshare, post inappropriate photos or simply shine a light on who they truly are as opposed to the person being presented during an interview. Of all the social accounts Cuff specifically says, “Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are going to negatively impact people getting jobs in the future.”