Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Generation Tech

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Generation Tech

Article excerpt

Generations X and Y bring innovation into the workplace

College internships in construction and banking somewhat prepared me for controlling the problems we see every day in real estate management.

With my business degree and a freshly pressed shirt, I ventured into a downtown high-rise and proudly started my first job as an assistant real estate manager in the summer of 2002. My memory's a little hazy after that, clouded by collection calls, broken sprinkler lines, unrealistic budgets and electrical emergencies.

Today, when my memory falters, technology rescues me. PDAs, email, cell phones, voicemail and text messaging are life savers and career enablers. Working for a company that embraced these technologies was something I desired when interviewing for my first job after college. I sought out an employer who cared for its emerging leaders by providing a technology-based platform to learn.

As I see it, the work world is a compilation of urgent e-mails, voicemails and a what-can-you-do-for-me-today attitude. Speed and accuracy rule the day. Corporations and companies need to provide the best work space for their employees: It is necessary to attract top talent and, more impor- tantly, compete at the highest level within this challenging marketplace. Technologies like extensive computer- based lease and accounting programs are a must. I don't want to shuffle more paper than I have to.

I find myself spending much of my day working on my computer, typing e-mails to tenants and owners, researching materials and vendors online and digesting Excel spreadsheets. It's something I'm used to: I've been using computers for nearly two decades - almost the entire span of my life. …

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