Millennials have grown up in an environment that taught them that work is one part of life and is not necessarily a separate activity that requires some sort of balancing against life. They seek a personally fulfilling vocation that gives them the opportunity to make friends, learn new skill sets and connect to a larger purpose.
As such, they have been set up to expect the company, and specifically their bosses to pay special attention to them, to give them feedback, provide coaching guidance, support their developmental needs and groom them along their career path.
We encourage you to mentor millennials, and in doing so continually engage their enthusiasm, understand their unique perspectives and use this diversity to continually boost your organisational capabilities. We introduced the first method in our last Tip of the Day – reverse mentoring. This week, we recommend group mentoring.
According to Beth Carvin, CEO and President of Nobscot Corporation, group mentoring is an individual development method that uses multiple experts and learners in a group structure whereby the learning is individual as each mentee works on his or her own developmental goals. Groups allow mentees to align themselves with mentors who are experts in the mentees’ area of interest, or who are that which mentees hope to grow to become.
The group forms a confidential environment for both groups of mentors and mentees to explore and share. The group also offers opportunities to build networks, share knowledge, build skills and generate large and diverse amounts of discussions that can help to ensure business continuity and future organisational performance.
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