Mentoring millennials – Reverse mentoring

Millennials expect to manage their own careers but they want a road map to success and expect their companies to provide it. Coaching and providing feedback to millennials could end up being a full time job for their managers.

As an alternative, organisations could try reverse mentoring. Reserve mentoring shifts the responsbility for organisational mentoring from executives to individuals who learn from executives through the mentoring process. A millennial is matched to an executive and assigned to teach him or her how to, for instance, use social media to connect with customers. This gives millennials exposure and an insight into the higher levels of the organisation. And senior executives get to undertand hash tags and emoticons.