Millennials Hate Traditional One-On-One Mentorship
These days, most new hires are going to be members of the millennial generation. And a one to one mentorship arrangement with a senior person, especially when artificially arranged, is exactly wrong for the generation.
As Marina Khidekel at Bloomberg Businessweek points out, while senior people might have valuable advice, too often they just end up being a source of feedback from superiors who should just tell the employee what they want themselves. At some point, these
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They don't want to follow a defined roadmap, but make a leap. Younger employees prefer to be mentored in the way they interact with the world, in short informal and useful bursts from people they like and have independently formed a relationship with. It may be someone at a different company or a different industry.
The relationships are about asking questions, not patiently waiting for words of wisdom and scheduled monthly meetings.
After all, how much can a millennial rely on a mentor when their eventual goal is to be their boss or found something that disrupts their industry?