The One Thing We Should Want Out of Our Companies.
Updated: Dec 9, 2019
As we look ahead to all we want to improve in 2020, let's take two minutes to look back at how we got to this point.
I always wanted the company I worked for to be more supportive of my individual abilities or strengths. Each person is creative and effective in their own way. Being noticed for my individual traits was important to me but in reality I felt leaders could care less.
I was introduced to Shruti, a consultant in the employee engagement software world with 20 years of corporate experience. She asked if she could interview me about the work I’ve been doing on young professional's employee engagement and my experience as a young person in the workforce. Of course I said yes! Halfway through, she asked, “As a young professional, what do you want from your company?” The first thing that came to mind, was how my expectations of an employer has changed since my first job out of college. When I was 22 yrs old I wanted a company to see my fresh positive energy, my passion, and validate my creativity. Today this idea has morphed into something much more realistic, but has equal impact. I want to work with leaders who can c h a n n e l this passion and creativity into productive actions to be more effective in the goals and mission of the company.
I’m sure the shift in my perspective was influenced by the different positions I've held, companies I've work at and numerous leaders who have been above me. It was truly developed through research, interviews, surveys of young professional engagement at work. Professionals, what did you want from a company the year you graduated college and do you still want those things. Are those things worth looking for or should you reshape your perspective?
Leaders, when was the last time you looked at what your employees offer as individuals? If you took the quality time to do this, how much of a difference could it make for your team or company?