Millennials want their workplace to “challenge them;” to invest the time to help them grow in their skills and to enjoy advancement. This means balancing encouragement and feedback through effective mentoring. This also means providing opportunities to lead initiatives. Most important is to know your employees well, so you can target the best fit opportunities for them.
Many companies now provide targeted training programs that are tailored to your specific strengths and needs. Here are some questions you can ask to see what your company might be offering that will allow you to grow:
- How do you work with me to understand, and to be effective working with, my stakeholders? What training will you provide to help me identify how I can improve in this area?
- If I am hesitant to ask about career advancement, what training do you provide to teach me how to ask about progress? Will my mentor consistently help me identify where I can improve and what risks are worth my taking?
- Are there ways for me to be connected in an informal network with managing directors? Do you provide an internal structure for networking?
- Will my mentor help me establish my personal work identity? Will I know what are considered my strengths and where I can take these strengths to my best advantage?
- Will there be opportunities for experiential learning? Will I be given ever greater responsibility in order to keep me challenged and learning?
- Is there the chance for horizontal movement for learning new skills as well as vertical movement?
By identifying your possible growth and trajectory in a company, you will be able to be more deliberate in what you take on, to whom you connect, and for what you ask.