Our world, especially the businesses inside of it, is at a tipping point. We cannot depend on the traditional way of thinking to generate new ideas. There is a new way of collaborating with partners and vendors, and also with your employees.

Over the past three years, a number of things have changed, especially when it comes to the workforce, forcing employers to rethink the way they turn to technology in the organization, implement learning solutions, and manage employees

The primary reason is that there is a new generation (affectionately known as millennials, as I prefer Generation Next) entering the workforce in hordes. I being one of them can attest to a few things. We think differently than our predecessors. We approach our work-life balance differently, expecting if not demanding flexible hours and virtual access.

We complete the work differently by using our generations “disease” of multitasking, especially with many screens. Why look at one, when we can have two, even three?

We move quickly, because that’s what we are used too. Think of the technological advancements in the time that I went to high school. I started off with a (what I know as) clunky cell phone as a ninth grader and by senior year I had a Blackberry with which I could access my email, calendar, and Facebook updates.

We are early adopters of technology; the first generation to turn to the Internet as a resource rather than the Encyclopedias.

Because of our being witness to the greatest leaps of technological advances, we expect everything to evolve as quickly – including our development and careers.

And if we are bringing about these changes, a generation who grew up in the evolution, what is to come for the next generation employees? This group grew up during a time of the digital age in its peak. Their learning revolves around technology, even more so than millennials. Touch screens replace books, white boards instead of chalkboards, virtual classrooms and “education from home”.

This is something the tail-end of the millennial subset took part in, but we are still close enough to it to understand and implement the style of learning. We, along with our younger siblings, embrace this digital age and expect our workplaces to keep up the pace.

Another reason the workplace is changing is because of the importance of collaboration. Although frequently characterized as a millennial trait, I am willing to bet my senior colleagues achieved nothing without true collaborative efforts. However, it’s true. Both Millennials and those who follow grew up in a time that was “always on”; always online, always chatting or texting with things like AIM and text messages.

I spent a majority of my capstone classes working in teams; collaborating in real-time using cloud platforms like Google docs and other university classroom management systems.

With these new methods, companies must rethink the way they try to recruit, nurture talent, and manage the employee; or, be left behind. The new approach to human resources is creating a relationship. One that is characterized by highlighting the new learning styles of both millennials and tech savvy adults, as well as one that prepares for what’s to come.