Next-Generation Employee: Time to step up !!

Nice title isn’t it?

Last Sunday, after my post regarding “Knowledge Sharing”, one of my very good friends , Alumni affairs officer from my school Maastricht School of Management, Ms. Oana Cipca was discussing about HR culture and knowledge sharing and she requested me to write a post on “Next-Gen employee”, how to be one? What are the characteristics of a new-Gen employee?

It was really inspiring to see and hear from my colleagues and friends suggesting from new posts. So without further ado, after office hours I took my time to read latest articles on HR and clubbed it with my personal view, I started writing about it.

You must be wondering, what do I mean by New-Gen employee? Is it just the age of an employee we are talking about or something else? In my personal opinion the definition of a new-Gen employee or a new-Gen employee should possess the following characteristics:

Proactive

Gone are the days when you wait for your Manager to tell you what to do, how to do. But, it doesn’t mean that managers will just expect miracles from their subordinates. Managers have to explain what they want out of your KPI, now it’s the employees’ responsibility to think outside of the box and come up with things rather than sit and wait until things come to them. In a nutshell, a next-gen employee has to be proactive rather than reactive.

Works Smart

Nothing can replace hard work. Working hard still the main soul behind success. But, working smart will make life easy for the employee and at the same success will be glorified even more. How can you do that? Simple, with the use of technology, by being organized, disciplined. Don’t waste time looking for files or documents, take a day off and organize everything, sync it using cloud solutions like Dropbox, skydrive between your computer and Smartphones. Instead of starting to work, give yourself 10 mins and sit with classic pencil and paper, and make a mind map. Trust me, this will make your output better than you expect and quicker. Try it?

Active Social Media Presence

Many of you, who is reading my blog right now, came to know about this post either via Facebook, LinkedIn, twitter or Xing. Why am I saying that? Just to show you the power of social media. Just by using it as a tool, I have redirected you to my blog.  Well, that’s just a simple example. What do I mean by being actively present in social media is, If you don’t have an account in professional sites like LinkedIn or Xing, then you better open one today. And secondly, if you have an account already, keep it up-to-date. It’s very important to keep your professional profiles up-to-date, because it indirectly displays your professional characteristics. So, once you read my blog, please go ahead and sharpen up your profile Today.

Enjoys work

Don’t work like a robot !! We are human beings, not machines. Your workplace might be boring but you are the one who has to take the initiative to make it enjoyable.  Take the first step; and organize a small team out on a Friday evening for an hour, don’t wait for your colleague. Make it a fun environment to work, if music motivates you, listen to music while working. There’s many more ways to make your job enjoyable, so what are you waiting for? Let’s make Monday, Funday and Happy employee always bring the best result.

Always goes the extra mile

To be a next-gen employee you have to have the stamina to do outstanding work, push it to the next level.  If you want to be great at what you do and be appreciated by your manager look for innovative ways to outdo yourself. You have to be the best you can be. As said by “Yun Siang Long”, “Even if perfection is elusive, go out and get it. Even if you fall short of perfection, your near perfect would have pushed you further than you would have thought possible.” Most importantly, NEVER STOP Learning. You may be 50+ yrs old, but it doesn’t mean you should give up. Rather, push yourself and get acquainted with the use of latest software’s, online media etc.

 

Characterestics of a Next Generation Employee

3P(s) – Plan, Prepare and Process

The formula is simple: Plan ahead of time, don’t wait for the last moment. Be ready before your deadline (give yourself room to breathe). Last minute works are never a perfect and quality work. And go from step by step, don’t try to do everything at the same time, do it in a disciplined manner. If you follow 3P(s), your every project will be best project.

Be Positive

There’s two ways of living life (according to me). One is to, Complain about life. i.e. being negative and another way is to, stop complaining and to face the problem and solving it, i.e. Being positive. Once I read somewhere, “God never gave any problem without solution”. So, why worry? Start a day with a mission to contribute positively towards your job and life. Make a short achievable list to do things. Most importantly, reward yourself end of the week for achieving all the to do list. I personally do that, and it works like a miracle for me.

Dissentive voice

A next-gen employee is not the one who complies to every rule. In an organization or your manager may not make the right decisions from time to time, and this is when a next-gen employee comes in and dares to challenge the norm and question authority and becomes an asset. I am not asking you to be a rebel or a troublemaker. Be logical; don’t just raise your voice because you want to. Rather, back your voice with practical, rational and provable justifications. If your dissenting voice is for the greater good of the organization will eventually earn everyone’s respect and trust.

Excellent people skills

Once my previous manager, Head of Customer Acquisition of Airtel Bangladesh Limited, Raihan Islam told me, Amit, instead of sending email, go and have a cup of coffee with your colleagues in the cafeteria, or just pick up the phone and talk with them, you will get your job done from them faster than you could ever imagine”.  And it worked like a magic. Me and my team, we got works done and received deliverables from different departments so quick that other teams started asking us how we did that. Try it, build a personal relationship rather than just a professional relationship with your colleagues.

Knowledge Sharing

A next-gen employee is a person who believes in sharing knowledge. Now, I am not going to write about what knowledge sharing is (again). If you want to know about it, please click on this “Knowledge sharing”.

Now, my dear readers, thank you for reading, and please feel free to write comments if you think, there’s any characteristics also should be included. Keep on sharing and drop me a line, if you want to learn more about any specific topic.

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4 thoughts on “Next-Generation Employee: Time to step up !!

  1. Hi Amit,

    Nice blog based on my own experience I think it’s spot on. With respect to Be Positive I would like to emphasize that one should remember that like attracts like, the natural law of attraction. So if you are behaving positive you will attract more positive people, results, etc.
    The dissentive voice is in my opinion an important one as you point out. I have seen great results for the company from people that broke the rules and got the job done. One important remark here is that you need to be authentic and hold on to your own principles. Don’t lose yourself when someone tells you you crossed a border. Borders can only be determined when they are crossed every now and then.

    Just my 2 pennies.

    Thanks for this great article.

    regards,
    Rense

    • Hello Rense,

      Thank you for your compliments.

      I completely agree with you that, everyone likes a person with positive personalities. Indeed it’s the natural law of attraction.

      And regarding dissenting voice, I have personally seen a few of my former colleagues, who had brilliant ideas but they never spoke about it; May be due to past experience where, managers didn’t appreciate or due to some other bad experience. So, I believe it has a lot to do with the relationship between Managers and sub-ordinates. On the other hand, I have also seen, people tried to stand out in the meetings, but ended up looking a fool, as he/she didn’t do the homework before raising the voice. I personally believe in this case, an employee should have proper logical reasoning rather than emotional reasoning.

      Once again, Thank you for taking the time out to read. Feel free to drop a line, if you have any suggestions to improve or suggestions for topics.

      With Best Regards,

      Amit

  2. Hi Amit,

    You can imagine how proud I am with your blog! Our conversation about the topic was until late night. I am happy with the result. It was an interesting conversation.

    Maybe to add one thing to your work as a reaction on your remark ” managers have to explain what they want out of your KPI”. I think that it is important that managers realise that it is not about ” more communication with the employee and the employee will understand”. The next gen employee is not interested in understanding but in being heard. The next Gen Looks for dialogue, not for writing instructions. Dialogue is two-way communication where both parties listen and most importantly HEAR. In a recentlly published book on High Performance Organization by Prof. Andre de Waal in which ” the HPO research showed that communication from managers to employees is not distinguising for becoming an HPO, but dialogue between managers and employees does.” In my opinion, to keep up with the next gen employee, organizations should avoid meetings as an excuse of ” look we communicate”, but look for dialogue and listen more to the new gen employees spoted now and then in the organization.

    Looking forward to your new blog! May I make a suggestion? 🙂 just kidding!

    thanks,

    Oana

    • Hey Oana,

      Late night conversation never goes to waste. 🙂

      Your view towards, Manager and employee relationship and communication is absolutely right. Even, I was in the inspiring seminar by Prof. Andre de Waal regarding HPO. Like he mentioned during the seminar, it has to be two way communication. Delegating work to a subordinate is a tough skill but listening to a sub-ordinate is even harder skill to master. A good manager should master both the skills.

      Once again, I will be waiting to hear your ideas about new topics. Feel free to drop a line anytime.

      With Best Regards,

      Amit

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