You Can Change the World…But It Will Take Time
Thanks to Mark Zuckerberg, tons of Millennials believe they can change the world before they grow old and many want to do it today. According to Telefonica’s newest study on Millennials worldwide, 83% of U.S. Millennials believe they can make a local difference, while 52% believe they can make a global difference.
That confidence is great news for those who decide to become entrepreneurs with their career fate in their own hands. But what does it mean for the millions of young professionals who enter the corporate world and are greeted at the door by bureaucracy, processes for approval and the requirement to pay your dues?
Turning the Ship
Millennials must keep in mind that the larger the company, the harder it is to make a change that impacts the entire business or all of its customers or employees. It’s a ship. The bigger they are, the longer it takes to change course. And while many large companies say they are innovative, the truth is that those opportunities are typically limited to a few departments or a certain level of employee (which is not at the bottom of the totem pole).
Corporate change occurs over time and often over multiple business cycles. Don’t be shocked when you have to wait a while for your ideas to impact the company in any way. It may be helpful to have a realistic vision of the implementation process to understand how long you should expect for change to occur. Plus, earning credibility is a must before most managers will even listen.
What to do?
If you’re a Millennial who wants to change the world (or a company), be sure to ask what opportunities exist for making a difference during your interview. And realize that smaller companies will often have a much higher likelihood of letting you implement new ideas. But for those who want to work at a large corporation, identify the departments who truly innovate and find those managers who enjoy hearing fresh ideas from young talent. They’re out there…but may take time to find!
Our AMPlify program (Advancing Millennial Potential) helps organizations identify ways to engage their young professionals to reduce unnecessary turnover due to the waiting game of paying dues. Millennials can bring greater value to a company much sooner than most managers realize. Contact us if your emerging leaders are leaving too quickly!