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Unformatted text preview: d working for self-reinforcing rewards is highly motivating and engaging.
(3) Mentors should be assigned to young professionals. Communication
between them fosters their relationship as well as creates an environment
conducive to the exchange of knowledge. Mentors can provide their expertise
and strategies to the talent and enthusiasm of the young workforce. Young
professionals will welcome advice that will help them build skills and
experiences. Such two-way communication can be done through channels
including group projects, team-building activities, informal chats,
brainstorming sessions and training. Companies should strongly encourage
group coaching and utilize project teams. This also helps in making the new
arrivals feel welcome, and they feel connected and engaged within the
business community. Mentoring also helps young workers effectively
manage themselves and how to be properly managed by their employer.
(4) Younger professionals lose interest and their drive to work once they
sense the lack of opportunities to advance themselves as well as their careers.
Therefore, modules of training and learning opportunities should be
periodically offered to keep young professionals engaged. The workplace
should have area initiatives that enhance and promote the community as a
destination to work and play. The company should understand the importance
7 of “perks” to young professionals; they like flexibility in their schedule to
maintain the work-life balance. Local entertainment events, sports and
outdoor recreation parks, picnics, etc have always attracted this generation.
The company should seek and promote avenues such as discounts, free giveaways, group events and corporate activities as effective incentives for young
workers. A prime example of such incentives is the promise of financial help
for young professionals to further their education with an MBA; however,
this benefit should be afforded to only deserving and meritorious employees.
(5) One of the keys to motivate young professionals is providing constructive
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