For much of the twentieth century, the workplace meant doing the same type of work regardless of which generation you came from. Sure, office jobs rose in popularity after the industrial revolution, but the generation that took on this work approached it with a similar mindset. Today\u2019s generation has a different way of thinking, thanks to the connected environment they grew up in.\r\nGrowing up as digital natives, millennials\u2014otherwise known as \u201cThe App Generation\u201d\u2014take a unique approach to productivity that exploits a range of tools that could make them more capable of becoming productive in a fast-paced workplace than their predecessors.\r\nOn one hand, working with millennials will present new challenges in an attempt to bring out their full potential. In particular, the generation of people currently aged 15 to 18,\u00a0live much differently to those born in the 1980s and early 1990s. Their exposure to technology and applications from a young age has planted a set of problem-solving techniques in their collective psyche that are profoundly at odds with the status quo of Generation X and (to some extent) Generation Y.\r\n\r\nHere are a few tools you can use to fully take advantage of this trend.\r\nUse LastPass So You'll Never Have to Memorise Passwords\r\nThe typical individual\u2019s approach to security on multiple accounts is to either share the same password for everything or use one password for \u201cimportant\u201d things and another for the mundane. You can probably see why this is not exactly a good idea in the corporate world. The low-tech alternatives to this are either to compile all of this into a list or to painstakingly memorise every single password on every single account.\r\n\r\nLastPass provides a more streamlined solution that will store every password in a highly-secure \u201cuniversal\u201d account and log you in automatically everywhere you go. Like its name suggests, LastPass aims to provide you with the last password you will ever have to remember.\r\nDropbox Is For The Go-getter Who Wants To Save Everything\r\nHard drives were a wonderful invention that have reliably provided us with ways to store several volumes of information conveniently for the past few decades. They, unfortunately, have one drawback: you can\u2019t access your desktop\u2019s hard drive from another computer unless you want to introduce a ton of security vulnerabilities.\r\n\r\nFor people who need quick access to their most important files from any device, Dropbox presents an elegant and powerful solution. This cloud storage solution makes it very easy to share multimedia files to anyone with any level of access permission.\r\nXmarks: Dropbox For Your Bookmarks\r\nAlthough Google Chrome has a feature that easily allows you to synchronise your bookmarks across multiple devices, it requires a Google account and can only synchronise across Chromium-based browsers.\r\n\r\nYou can get around this restrictive environment by installing Xmarks, a piece of software brought to you by the makers of LastPass that will synchronise bookmarks regardless of the platform or browser involved.\r\nTrello, The Task Management Junkie's Friend\r\nOrganising work seems until people find themselves at the helm. From time immemorial, the bulletin board came to the rescue.\r\n\r\nBut now that working from home is a thing, the office board isn\u2019t enough to inform the entire team of what needs to be done. Trello presents a replacement for that bulletin board, accessible from any point in the world, and even more flexible than physical bulletin boards with pin-up cards.\r\nFor Everything Else, There Is Workflowmax\r\nWhen half of your workforce is dispersed across cities and countries, every single day-to-day activity becomes an adventure to coordinate. Invoicing, time management, lead chasing, memos, reports, client management, and everything else that keeps a business running transforms into a sprawling spectacle of emails, many of which get lost in time and never materialise into the action you need.\r\n\r\nWorkflowmax takes care of this issue by centralising and streamlining all of these little processes so that every single component that makes up your business runs like a well-oiled machine.\r\nThe Takeaway\r\nPut simply, by failing to create the environment that gets millennials\u2019 productive juices flowing, you risk having a slow and stagnating organisation, and you can easily be left behind by the competition. Having the equipment, infrastructure or applications is only half the battle, though.\r\nThe other half consists of maintaining an open mind and listening to your team so that it can work effectively in the decentralised environment that will define the 21st century.