GenYs look for mentors who can offer them hands-on experiences that will empower them to take the next step. They prefer positive, collaborative, achievement-oriented mentors who will take them seriously. They naturally seek mentoring because they see their growth and development as a priority.
- Tell them the truth. It sets the tone for the relationship.
- GenYs want to be treated as equals. This means acknowledging their truth and what they bring to the table.
- Ask for and listen to their thinking. They want their opinions to be heard and respected.
- Make the relationship special. It should be personal, fun, and engaging.
- Offer challenging “think outside the box” assignments and a variety of learning opportunities.
- Break goals into doable pieces with deadlines. Make sure they have the resources and the information that they need to achieve their goals.
- Use technology. If you don’t know how, ask them; they are masters.
- Provide regular feedback, especially praise and affirmation.