- First Nonprofit Job. Faxing is fairly new and beepers are big. The phone is our most frequently used tool. We handwrite documents and the secretary types them on a word processor. We have actually been known to cut and paste. Not CTRL+C and CTRL+V, but cutting with scissors and pasting with tape. Yep, that’s how old I am!
- Second Nonprofit Job. Our department has one shared computer, a Mac. Everyone does their own admin work. The CFO gets the sole Internet connection and it’s dial-up. Job applications are on paper or faxed. We conduct most of our business conversations by phone.
- Government Job. Everyone has their own PC. Internet research, intranet, e-mail, electronic timesheets and Outlook become a part of daily life. We don’t use our desk phones as much. Most people have cellphones; they’re the size of bricks but we love them.
- Current Job. Our accounting software and HRIS are originally installed on our servers but over time move to the web. Job applications evolve from paper to email to Internet. We have a Facebook page, we tweet, we hire a half-time communications person. We e-mail to arrange phone calls. Much of my own networking is done through social media and we look to the web for a wide range of solutions to everyday challenges. Our cell phones are getting smarter all the time and we try to figure out how to get them to do more of our work.
Looking back, it is truly amazing to me to reflect on how work tools and technology have changed since I started earning a paycheck.
I know we have readers who started working before me but I imagine there are more who entered the workforce long after. In fact, many of our younger readers probably began working after I started my current job!
Millennials, can you imagine using typewriters and beepers, pen and paper? Can you imagine trying to work without a computer or access to the Internet? I bet you can’t. You might try, but I don’t think you can do it.
Just like I can’t begin to imagine what technological changes the next 25 years will bring.
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