The Importance Of Digital Communication

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The advancements made in technology, especially those within the realm of digital communication have transformed the way the way business is conducted in this day and age. Not only has communication changed in this age of information, society as a whole has changed. Generation X and Generation Y are quite different from the previous generations such as the Baby Boomers. Workers have their ideas and values to emphasize individualistic principals such as a work/family/life balance and the need to reduce stress through time away from work. Additionally, the overlying social and political pressures ranging from environmental conservation, to the external forces pressuring organizations to be more competitive, especially in the international market …show more content…
Fortunately for businesses, there is a reduction in the in the amount of older workers looking to immediately retire once hitting retirement age, leaving employers with options such as phased retirement and bridge employment. Phased retirement is a popular option for those employees looking to scale back on their hours and/or responsibilities. Phased retirement exists including reduced workdays or workweeks, job sharing, and consulting and mentoring arrangements (Nelson & Quick, 2013). Many specialized organizations such a loss of large numbers of experienced employees at one time. In fact, half of all U.S. workers are officially retired by age sixty, but only 11 percent fully withdraw from work (Nelson & Quick, 2013). This figure reflects an increase in bridge employment, or the phasing out of a position before finally leaving all together. Bridge employment has been noted to improve post-work life satisfaction as it is difficult for many to older employees to get up and immediately leave a position they have held for …show more content…
However, the application of these alternative work policies would not effective transition into the private sector. As previously mentioned, alternative work arrangements must specifically be tailored to match and meet the demands on the employer and their workforce. A mandate by the federal government would be fashioned in a “one-size-fits-all” proposal that could never match up with every unique working situation in the private sector (Workplace Flexibility in the 21st Century, 2008). The only feasible way mandate the government could issue would have to be extremely generic in nature and allow employees to add in stipulations that work for each employer and employee. The only other way a federal mandate could be enforced on the private sector is if that private entity accepts any type of federal funding that aids with business operations. Simply, the government should not be allowed to mandate such a requirement for businesses in the private

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