I’ve been getting a lot of great questions about the future of work, millennials and gen z in the workplace, communication across generations, and teamwork.  In an effort to help as many people as possible, I will be doing short videos (with posts) to answer your great questions.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly.

Today’s question: WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF THE WORKFORCE

  • Be transparent about your opportunities to learn and grow.  Employees are looking for the opportunity to gain new skills, knowledge and experience.  Share what your company offers during interviews, on your website, and consistently ask employees what they are looking to learn. Show that you’re interested and invested in your employees’ development.
  • Share how and when they can climb the ladder.  Be clear on the steps it takes to move up in your organization, what the next step is, and how they can get there. No one wants to feel stagnant in their jobs and having a clear picture of how they can grow within the organization is crucial.
  • Provide your employees with a project.  This project should provide value to the organization and give them the opportunity to flex their muscles and learn.  Is there are a new client you’re trying to reach but haven’t quite figure out how? Are you looking to grow your social media following and engagement? Look at the strengths of your employees and identify projects that align with your organization’s goal and what they bring to the table.
  • Give feedback.  Try “just in time” feedback right after a project or an event.  Pre-schedule meetings immediately following these events to debrief individually or with your team. These don’t have to be long meetings (even 15-minutes) to talk about the ups, downs, and what can be improved on in the future.
  • Let your employees be part of the conversation.  It’s important to listen to what they are saying and ask any questions you might have.  Employees want to be heard and valued and when they don’t feel like they have a voice, it’s easy for them part ways with your organization.

Alissa Carpenter

Alissa Carpenter

Professional Trainer, Speaker and Career Coach at Everything's Not OK and That's OK
Alissa Carpenter offers professional development and career exploration to companies, alumni groups, student advising units, and individuals across the country. She works to enhance team communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills with an upbeat personality and true passion for working with others to set and achieve goals.Alissa has an MEd in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education, is a Gallup-Certified Clifton Strengths Coach and is certified in the Strong Interest inventory.
Alissa Carpenter