Preparing for the Future: Modernization & Legacy Workers in Tech

By Jes­si­ca Mitsch ● November 08, 2022

Legacy workers are the cornerstone of most tech businesses; these are the individuals who helped lend a hand in jumpstarting the coding world at the turn of the century. However, there is no escaping the reality that workforce demographics are changing. As legacy workers and Baby Boomers begin to retire, Millennials are rising in numbers while Generation Z continues to enter the workforce. Tech companies must take a strategic approach in order to welcome these younger generations while also paying homage to their legacy workers.

So, how do you attract the younger generation of tech talent while simultaneously retaining your legacy workers?

Welcome Modernization

Different age groups inevitably have a different set of strong suits and skillsets. Legacy workers not only know older systems and applications inside and out, but they have continued to evolve over the years as new technologies emerged. With this high level of knowledge and adaptable mindset, welcoming modernization should come easily. While legacy applications are important, and you cannot phase them all out, bringing in new applications has an array of benefits. Not only will newer applications draw in the younger generations, but these innovative systems are faster, easy to use, and more efficient. Taking this approach will appeal to all age brackets, as they can help each other master any applications or systems of unfamiliarity.

Appeal to Millennials and Generation Z

Millennials and Gen Z are no strangers to technology. Both generations practically grew up during the era of Apple and Steve Jobs. As such, keeping up with emerging technologies can help show versatility to draw in these candidates. These generations continue to see technological advances, and it is now an expectation for top companies to keep up with these innovations. While tech candidates do take a number of factors into consideration, the systems and applications used in your organization matter.

Retain Legacy Workers

When it comes to retaining legacy workers, keeping pre-existing systems helps, but the best strategy is to support an extended work life with training. By providing these legacy workers with training and learning opportunities, you are giving them a chance to enhance their skills as the workplace changes. Implementing upskilling and reskilling into your organization’s strategy will help ensure that your legacy workers, along with all other employees, are well-versed and specialized in the required fields. 

At the end of the day, age disparities in the workforce are going. To remain agile and competitive, companies need to find ways to appeal to multiple generations. At Momentum, we provide training services for individuals and companies looking to fine-tune their talent. We can help fill the skills gaps in your organization. Reach out to our team today to learn more about our program.