As the nature of work continues to rapidly evolve, so does the way we value it. No longer can we be evaluated by the amount of widgets we make. As a result, all knowledge workers must be able to clearly articulate and demonstrate the value they add to each project. It’s essential for professional development, as well as work/life balance.

According to the New York Times, it’s Millennials that most under-value their services and end up pulling long hours in front of the computer. From the piece:

Complicating matters is the fact that it is not yet known how to quantify or define digital work. Forget e-mail.

“Is a tweet labor? Is a Facebook post labor?” Mr. Perlin, the author, asked.

Ironically, millennials, to whom the burden of monitoring late-night social media or e-mail frequently falls, may be underestimating the value of such work. Their habits of consuming culture free of charge on the Internet, he suggested, have “carried over into the world of work, so they’re more willing to accept barter or in-kind payment,” like free lunches. And their primary payment is building “cultural capital,” as opposed to “capital capital.”

  • Matthew

    An interesting point. This is precisely why I use a time-tracking tool (Harvest) to measure everything I do for any particular project. Time is something everyone is subject to – Millennial or Boomer, so I have grown accustomed to measuring my time. So, yes, a tweet is labor ; ) Perhaps it’s value is yet to be determined.

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