5 Ways Millennials Are Changing the Workplace

Despite myths and common perception, millennials are a hardworking generation. Still, their definition of hard work and their attitudes are significantly different from generations before. This is no surprise given that this generation came of age during the explosion of digital technology.
Millennials simply feel that it’s quite reasonable to expect to get what they want exactly how, when and where they want it; a result of the massive enablement that technology has brought to society.

This generation just won’t take ‘no’ for an answer both in their personal and working lives.Speaking of work lives, millennials don’t see a definite separation between the Mon-Fri 9-5 routine and their personal lives. Instead, they see life as a rich blend of experiences and are deftly able to move between work and play. Thus, offices designed for the future are openly embracing mobile, social and cloud technology to offer millennials the ‘seamless’ work environment they desire. Offices are being positively disrupted through digitization, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and robotic process automation. Thus, the workplace is changing dramatically and this change is being driven by millennials.
We’ve put together 5 important ways that we feel millennials are massively changing the workplace and these 5 things could become the norm within a couple of years. Some of these things aren’t entirely new concepts but it’s only with the advent of new technology that they’ve become easily achievable goals for almost any workplace.

1. The Chief Happiness Officer

millennial-workspace Millennials are simply not happy with one size fits all environments and constantly look for unique workspaces. This generation is constantly searching for new experiences and expects their workplace to provide them with options that make them feel good. This is where a CHO comes in and can provide more than just a feel good experience. CHOs can promote employee contentment, reduce turnover costs, spur innovation and boost productivity.

2. More Hipster Coffee Bar, Less Cubicle


The look and feel of offices are changing. Future – friendly office spaces are much more social and, instead of cutting people off from each other, inspire them to mix, meet and chat over a delicious coffee or even something stronger. But this is not a distraction, it’s how innovation happens.
3. All Companies Will Be Like Tech Companies


Tech companies introduced many trends such as informal office spaces and the idea of telecommuting. Going forward, any sector can benefit from embracing workplace tech trends that improve productivity.
4. Hello, Robot


Soon, your co-worker could be a robot and that’s not a bad thing. As we have seen in the past, many human roles will remain vital but the introduction of robots can create new, better roles for humans and increase efficiency overall.
5. Hyper-Personalized, Intuitive Workspaces


Millennials are all about personalization and will go to great lengths to personalize their workspaces. In the very near future, this will likely become even more enhanced with cognitive computing and AI being able to anticipate and produce each worker’s ideal environment from temperature to lighting and music. Digital transformation, driven by millennials, is completely reinventing the traditional office on every level. The kind of workplace that this generation yearns for is slowly taking shape and it’s not just millennials who are benefitting from this change. The new, future-friendly office is a place that anyone, from any generation can appreciate and enjoy.

In fact, it’s probably what everyone wanted in the first place, but it will be millennials who will be remembered as the generation who simply wouldn’t take no for an answer until they got what they wanted!

3 Unconfirmed Facts About The iPhone 7


We are all in a happy tizzy, aren’t we? At least we Apple fans are. The iPhone 6S was revolutionary and evolutionary at the same time, and just when you think that Apple has run out of ideas, the company throws a curveball the wows pretty much everyone.

At the time of this writing, we can make an unsafe bet that the iPhone 7 will be released on 9th September. And how could we possibly make such an assumption? Well, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus was released on Wednesday 9 September, which was the last day of IFA 2015.

But more than WHEN Apple’s new iPhone will be released, we are more concerned about what does the iPhone 7 entail? We scoured far and wide across the World Wide Web, and this is what we found.

  1. No Headphone Plug: Ok, so this is pretty much confirmed according to the Wall Street Journal; Apple has decided (to a huge uproar!) ditch the headphone plug on its latest iteration of the iPhone. The reason? Well, getting rid of the headphone plug will help tighten up the iPhone structure thereby making it more water resistant, and aesthetically thinner. The Lightning Connector will inevitably help in charging the phone and for connecting headphones. But why the uproar? Many iPhone customers who are planning on upgrading are left cursing the cost of making an additional purchase, which by Apple standards, will be expensive.
  2. Dual Camera: Yippee! The iPhone 7 will have a dual camera (or so says industry pundits). And this is a big deal because? Well, because the multi-aperture cameras will improve image quality and low-light performance, which has been a weakness of the iPhone camera since 2007. There’s a good chance the device will use camera technology that Cupertino acquired when purchasing LinX Imaging. Any improvements to the sensor quality in the iPhone 7 will be a huge draw for upgraders since Apple didn’t blow people away with the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE cameras. Live Photos are truly a great addition but the market is surely ready for something far juicier to take iPhone photos to the next level.
  3. New Colours: Keeping it real this time around, Apple says that the iPhone 7 will come in space black. This is supposed to be in addition to the space gray, gold, rose gold, and silver iPhone 6s models that Apple already sells. Come to think of it, this is definitely an option that already reeks of class and a sense of sexiness that the space gray variant just can’t compete with.

Let’s be honest here. From what we hear online, the iPhone 7 will only be am embellishment over the iPhone 6S. Supposedly, Apple is saving all its new-generation forward-thinking capabilities for the iPhone 8, which is slated to be released next year in time for the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. And yes, the talk in town is that there will be no iPhone 7S in 2017.

Microsoft’s Surface Book- What every laptop should aspire to be

Just as PC shipment sales have taken a hit this year, Microsoft has launched the Surface Book (priced at $1,499) on October 7th, which is three devices in one – a laptop, a portable clipboard and a creative canvas. Clearly billed as an innovative product, which is a quality that Microsoft has been lacking since of late, the Surface Book is aimed squarely at Apple’s Macbook and iPad Air.Microsoft-Surface-Book-840x473

Where’s The Innovation?

Various features are being thrown about on Microsoft’s Surface product micro site that touts ease-of-use, such as ­– One click to Cortana, One click to OneNote,  a 12.3-inch Pixel Sense Display, and Palm Block technology; but the real innovation is how Microsoft has redefined the laptop. With this product, Microsoft reeks of smarts where the Surface Book can transform from a laptop to a clipboard to a creative canvas. Microsoft’s focus has always been about productivity, and we see this focus hasn’t changed; while Window’s app store is still somewhat lacking compared to Google’s and Apple’s app stores, this is a scenario that is sure to change in the near future with Microsoft getting quite aggressive in taking the fight to its arch rivals.

The Surface Book Has The Power!

Combining a 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 or i7 processor with up to 16GB of memory, the Surface Book, which will come pre-installed with Windows 10, will boast 9 hours of video playback and comes hitched with: a full-size USB 3.0, microSD™ card reader, Headset jack, Mini DisplayPort, Cover port and Surface Connect. More features include: 5.0 MP front-facing HD camera, 8.0 MP rear-facing autofocus camera, with 1080p HD video recording. Additionally, the graphics for the i5 is powered by Intel® HD graphics 520, while the i7 is powered by Intel® Iris™ graphics.

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While true tech aficionados would be more concerned about the Surface Book’s internals, those who are hoping that Microsoft can get its sexy back need not worry. According to Microsoft, the Surface Book’s body is encapsulated in a magnesium body, which is pretty much advertising lingo for a silver metal laptop. Despite having a name that’s maybe a bit too similar to Apple’s MacBook, Microsoft fanboys will be happy to note that this device looks and functions nothing like a MacBook. At this particular juncture it needs to be said that the most inimitable design aspect of the Surface Book is its hinge or what Microsoft prefers to call its “dynamic fulcrum”. As mentioned previously, the Surface Book detaches into three different devices which are held together by Muscle WireTM that securely holds the screen in place while allowing it to detach effortlessly with the push of a button. Screenshot_2

Three interview questions you need to be ready to answer!

Whatever you prepare for, whatever you hope you’ll face, you need to know the answers to these three questions to make sure you stay ahead of your interview, because no longer will companies be asking you where you see yourself in 5 years or the like. So either directly or indirectly be prepared to answer these three important questions. Interview Basics

Can you do the job?

Will you love the job?

Can we tolerate working with you?

Can you do the job?
In this day and age jobs keep getting more complex and even more specialized, and employers need to be assured that you can and will do this job. And that isn’t just making sure you have the technical know-how, or the experience but also that you’ll be able to learn, adapt, think critically and be on top of new technology and approaches, your ability to communicate with others to take your job to the next level and so on. Because the job you get today is likely to keep changing and evolving as time goes on.

Your examples of how you continually adapt and how you have value addition to whatever it is you do and your eagerness to stay at the front of new technological trends, work with others, manage risks and think critically to make decisions will them a broader view of what you can bring to the organization

Will you love the job?
It isn’t just a common thought anymore, research focuses on employee disengagement and unhappiness as a massive cost to the organization. That makes employees not just look out for another person to hire but a person who is passionate about the position and willing to make new strides in it.

So there may not be direct questions at how eager you are for this job, but when the opportunity presents take charge and prove on what this job means to your passion and how you can positively influence the growth of the company. The questions of your previous workplace may want you to say bad things but the most important factor is how appreciative you were of it. Make sure, as you answer questions about your work experience, you share with the interviewer the aspects of work that you love. What are the things at work that “turn you on” and make time disappear? Do you love solving problems? Are you passionate about satisfying customers? Do you thrive on the details or guiding the big picture? Do you need to work on teams? Are you jazzed by beating the competition?

What are the things you need in a role to be fully engaged? And what are the things that disengage you? Be honest about both; it’s in everyone’s best interests for you to work in a job that you love.
Can we tolerate working with you?

As much as it is one position, you need to be able to positively say you are a team player. The way you get along with your employees shows courage, positivity and most of all teamwork.

But more than that, as organizations recognize that their employees are their only true source of lasting competitive advantage, organizational culture and competencies are becoming more critical. More than products/services or technology, this is what differentiates an organization from the competition.

So at the end of it they will be looking into identifying qualities within you that reflect the company’s core values and competencies.After all, if you’re a good fit, you’re likely to be more engaged and perform better.

To excel at this, start by getting as much understanding of the organization’s culture, values and core competencies as you can. There are lots of areas on their website that will give you clues to these. Look at their company history, careers page, mission and values. Look at the words they use to describe themselves, their products/services, market and customers. And decide for yourself whether the organization will be a good fit for you, and you for it.

If you think you’re a good match, let them know, and all the while you answer your questions at the interview tell them about your shared values and competencies. Give examples of how you’ve exhibited those on the job and outside of work. Let them know that you’re more than just the skills and experience you bring to the table and that you share a commitment to the same things.

Phase One of Orion City Towers begins: Development set to position Sri Lanka as an IT/BPO destination

Orion Development, pioneers in introducing IT Parks to the country in year 2009 have now initiated their next venture, Orion City Towers in the heart of Colombo. The project is an eco friendly design and consists of three phases.

The launch of the development of the Orion City Towers was initiated on Saturday, 20 June  alongside Mr. Arul Gnanam, the Chairman of St. Anthony’s Group.

The main and foremost objectives of the company are cater to the needs of businesses by transforming the scope of built-to-specification, cutting edge, commercial and office infrastructure by  combining innovatory technology and international standards. Country’s top companies Virtusa, Sri Lankan Airlines, Pearsons, HNB and HSBC are among the housing clients of the Orion City.

Proposed Orion City 1, a mixed development project comprises of gymnasiums, retail malls, dining options, and hospitality services which aims to provide a complete package under one roof to meet every need of an individual. In addition to the above mentioned facilities, a boutique hotel occupying 350,000 square feet will also be included in the 22-floor building.

Inspired by the Orion belt, the three towers with a height of 110 meters are expected to become a standout design in the city of Colombo and it will redefine the norms for IT infrastructure in Sri Lanka.

Chief Executive Officer Jeevan Gnanam expressed that the project of the Orion City Towers is designed to accommodate future needs.

“We believe in providing the best for our clients. Therefore we are interested in constructing something which fits for all the needs and purposes with regard to infrastructure. Orion City Towers is one such construction which clearly demonstrates the company’s philosophy to provide the best for our clients business needs.”

Recently been awarded a LEED Silver certification for best in class building practices and strategies, next target of the company is to acquire a LEED Gold certification with Orion City project. Phase One of the project is scheduled to commence from June 2015 is expected to be completed in year 2017.