Millennials are looking for purpose in their work lives. A “deep sense of meaning” is critical for a Millennial’s satisfaction at work. Being able to articulate your company’s mission will attract Millennials looking for a clear sense of purpose and the chance to be involved in “something bigger than themselves.”
When interviewing with a company, be sure to see if they have a clearly stated mission and then find out if everyone subscribes to that mission. A mission-driven company is a successful company and will provide a more authentic work environment.
This can be a harder aspect to discern, but the effort you put into identifying this culture is well worth the effort if you are hired. Here are some good questions to ask:
- What is your company’s mission? How do you, personally, see this mission lived out on a daily basis in the workplace? What is your company’s vision for the future? Does this vision relate directly back to the company’s mission?
- How are employees’ contributions recognized, valued, and rewarded?
- Are there opportunities to hear from successful senior level executives as inspirational speakers/leaders?
- Is there a sense of “emotional ownership” for the employees of the company? Are employees encouraged to have an entrepreneurial mindset?
- Are there opportunities to share creative ideas and to receive feedback?
If you sense the company is invested in inspiring and encouraging new employees, and they have a clear commitment to ongoing professional development, this, coupled with a clear mission, will certainly mean you will find a vital workplace that will encourage you to grow.