Do your kids ask enough questions? After visiting with numerous managers, I’ve come to the conclusion that many millennials have never been trained to ask good questions on the job or taught to see things from another’s point of view. Employment is regarded solely as a way to fulfill their own financial and career goals. It is seldom seen from the vantage point of the needs of the employer or organization. Certainly, much of the burden of communicating expectations falls on the manager, but wise parents will start early preparing their children to be proactive in defining and contributing to their work environment whether it is paid or volunteer.
Here are some questions that we can help our kids start asking as we train them at home via chores and extracurricular leadership or service opportunities:
- What are the specific directives for this assignment?
- What are your expectations?
- What is the time frame/deadline?
- What is the most important thing for me to accomplish on this shift?
If there are multiple projects:
- Please rank these in priority order so I will know where to focus my time
If it is an independent project with undefined hours:
- Is my work meeting your expectations?
- Is there any way I can improve my process or product?
- Is there any suggested reading or research I can peruse on my own time to help me get up to speed quickly?
Helping our children change their paradigm of their responsibilities and contributions to any work endeavor will help them rise to the top and become valued by any organization.
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