While we (at Living As A Leader) have a key role in helping leaders learn how to maximize fulfillment and retention of their emerging workforce, we are not immune to some of the same challenges faced by the majority of organizations.
Recently, I asked Alyce Peterson, the newest millennial on our team, to share some things about her onboarding experience at Living As A Leader. You’ll see that some things went well and some things were challenging.
“When entering the workforce, I had a limited understanding of the challenges of securing a full-time position and adjusting to a company. I felt with the tireless work I had put in (i.e., juggling multiple jobs to self-fund college, participating in diverse internship experiences), I would not personally experience challenges.
“Many of my peers had been eager to escape the Milwaukee area to move to Chicago, New York and elsewhere upon graduation. I wanted to stay local. Milwaukee is an underrated city for millennials. This community gave me a number of things that I viewed as beneficial (mentorship, friendships, small town feel, the opportunity to be a bigger fish in a small pond). It became home during my undergraduate years at Marquette University.
“My journey ultimately led me to be introduced to Living As A Leader earlier this year. Upon receiving a message from a recruiter, I decided to take a look into Living As A Leader. I welcomed this new opportunity and was excited to interview; then excited to receive a job offer. One of the things I conveyed during the interview is that I love to work. That was, by the way, well received!
“Living As A Leader was offering the opportunity to be pushed out of my comfort zone into an invigorating, multi-faceted position within a rapidly growing company. Some things went well for me during my first 30 days and some things, not so well. The one thing we did all agree on is that I’m a hard worker.
“Thoughts I had as I started my job:
“Challenges with onboarding at Living As A Leader:
A hands-on approach matters. While the initial 30-day onboarding experience was imperfect, it allowed us the opportunity to dig in and diagnose. Alyce’s perspective mattered to us. We met somewhere in the middle, and we’re all very happy at the 90-day mark.
What challenges are you facing during early onboarding?