Technology in the Workplace
Our generation – ‘Generation Z’ – is the first generation truly raised on technology. As Generation Z is graduating and entering the workforce, the challenges of integrating technology into work are expected to rise. This week, American Lawyer journalist Victoria Hudgins reported that more tech may mean more problems, especially for young lawyers. The ability to work remotely has been adopted by many Millennial lawyers already and the implication is not more free time expected to come with being away from the office. Instead, Millennial lawyers face the issue of the ability and pressure to always be connected. This is presumed to be the cause of increased anxiety and depression in young lawyers.
Goodbye Law Firms?
Another shift in the legal services arena due to technology is a rising number of alternative legal services providers. Just this week, Axiom submitted a draft registration statement to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Axiom specializes in offering technology-enabled legal services and currently employs over 2000 people around the world and had reported revenue of $300 million in 2017. The effect that this shift will have on employment for lawyers is unclear. [Roberts, “Alternative Legal Services Provider Axiom to Go Public”]
Social Media Fraud
Some aspects of technology, however, have provided more cases for lawyers. For example, New York State Attorney General Letitia James recently announced a settlement with Devumi LLC and related companies owned by German Calas Jr. for social media fraud. Social media fraud was defined by the AG’s office as attempting to deceive and affect the decision-making of social media audiences. An example of social media fraud is selling “endorsements from social media influencers without disclosing that the influencers had been paid for their recommendations.” [Lewis, “How New York Authorities are Regulating the Internet”]
The Future of Generation Z
As it always has, technology is developing faster than we can keep up. In today’s world, we are struggling to deal with the issues that technology has created in relation to the work, the environment, privacy, etc. As our generation enters the workforce, we face a great deal of challenges as well as potential.
We have the responsibility of paving the way for future generations on how to integrate technology into our personal and professional lives.