Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Young ones getting the mentoring

Employment guru Eugenia Mena fielded a question about a worker who felt the younger, newer people always got the assignments dealing with the public and the extra mentoring.

What should the older workers do?

Mena said it was natural to bring newer hires along. These people are viewed as fresh minds.

Maybe—she said—they are also less resistant to new ideas?

But you are never too old to be mentored. After all, it’s the older people thinking up those new ideas.

Still, she said, letting the older people work on behind the scenes showed trust.

I would come our somewhere in the middle. Those younger people might eat your lunch. Keep your ear to the ground—new product or division coming? Get up to speed. Maybe some fresh ideas of your own.

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