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

TEDx Speaker, Author, Facilitator at Everything's Not OK and That's OK
Alissa Carpenter is a multigenerational workplace expert, owner of Everything’s Not Ok and That’s OK and host of Humanize Your Workplace podcast.
She provides training, consulting, and speaking services to organizations all over the world. She has an MEd in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. Her work helps to bridge communication gaps across generations, job functions, and geographies, and she has worked with organizations ranging from non-profits to multi-billion-dollar enterprises. She has delivered a TEDx talk on authentic workplace communication, and has been featured in media outlets including Forbes, ABC, FOX, and CBS. Her book, Humanize Your Workplace (Career Press), is set to release next year.
Alissa Carpenter