Millennials want their workplace to “connect them;” to mentor them in networking, collaboration, and camaraderie. They want help in navigating workplace politics, transition support, and understanding the company culture. Millennials will challenge a traditional top-down structure.
To understand a company’s culture and whether there is support in navigating the workplace, you can ask the following:
- Does the company have a training program that connects you to a variety of mentors?
- Is there an executive coach on staff who can give you advice?
- Is there a program that discusses what it means to be a leader?
- Does management see “new blood” as a source of inspiration for them?
- Is there thought put into choosing members of teams in order to create the best collaborative unit?
- Are these teams encouraged to “grow up together in the organization” by supporting each other through teamwork and consistent communication? Is there a culture of reaching out to each other with small congratulatory or inspirational comments?
- Is there a culture of sharing between junior and senior staff?
Knowing the ways in which a company will connect you to others will tell you quite a bit about the company’s culture. Knowing all the ways in which you will have access to others will give you a sense of how you might fit into the greater community.