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How to Create a Great Mentoring Program in Your Online Community

Written by Julie Dietz on July 18, 2017 at 8:30 AM

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Mentors are a vital part of any industry. Through mentoring, employees get the chance to learn vital skills and increase competency in ways that boost morale and job satisfaction – something that’s improving with technology.

Online mentoring programs have taken the traditional brick-and-mortal experience to a new level, providing anytime, anywhere access to expertise, insights, and perspective that enhance job performance and outcomes. Associations, which are widely-recognized experts in their industries, are stepping up to offer such programs. Many times, mentoring programs even evolve into a key member benefit for professional associations.

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Topics: Millennials, Member Communities, Associations

How to Recruit and Retain Millennial Employees (Hint: Start by Building Community)

Written by Julie Dietz on May 11, 2017 at 8:30 AM

You don't need foosball to retain your millennial employees - or recruit new ones.

Some companies naturally attract millennials. They’re the cool ones with foosball tables in their break rooms. But for the rest of the businesses out there, convincing Gen Y that your organization is a great place to work isn’t so easy. If you can’t afford (or don’t want) distracting foosball tables, how do you appeal to young professionals?

The easy answer? Lean on research, including studies and surveys, that flat-out asks millennials what they want.

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Topics: Communications, Millennials, Engagement, Collaboration Tools

How to Make Culture, Not Perks, Work For Your Organization

Written by Rob Hefferon on August 17, 2016 at 8:30 AM

How to make culture, not perks, work for your organization

Have you heard of Google’s nap pods? What about Yahoo’s offer of free food for employees? These types of workplace perks are everywhere these days, but they may actually be harming your organization.

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Topics: Millennials, Collaboration Tools

Millennials and The Rise of Virtual Volunteering

Written by Molly Talbert | on April 7, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Millennials and the rise of virtual volunteering

How would you finish this sentence: “Millennials are _____”? Maybe “selfish”? A lot of people might choose “lazy.” How about, “generous”? Didn’t expect that, did you?

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Topics: Millennials, Engagement, Volunteer Management

A Missed Opportunity to Transcend Hierarchy

Written by Maddie Grant | on January 21, 2016 at 3:00 PM

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Every organization has a hierarchy, both on the staff side and on the member/volunteer side. And while the business world has been talking about “flattening” organizations for some time now, the truth is hierarchies are actually a good thing, so we shouldn’t try to get rid of them.

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Learning from Millennials

Written by Maddie Grant | on December 8, 2015 at 9:30 AM

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Ever since the Millennials started coming into the workforce about 10 years ago, we’ve been hearing a lot of complaints about them. This happens every twenty years, of course – when the new generation hits the scene, the older generations tend to freak out about “kids these days.” You can actually trace these kinds of reactions back for centuries. The older generations always conclude that the new generation is flawed, inappropriate, ill-prepared and generally making things difficult.

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Topics: Millennials, Associations

There Are 100 Million Millennials - Are You Ready?

Written by Maddie Grant | on November 12, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Generations expert (and my co-author and partner) Jamie Notter recently posted this extensive article detailing some numbers research he has been doing around exactly how many Millennials there are. It’s important stuff, so I’m going to interrupt my regular column to point you to it. Here’s an excerpt:

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Speed and Trust - Why Millennials Need Both

Written by Maddie Grant | on September 23, 2015 at 11:30 AM

There is a big problem brewing on the horizon for many organizations. Based on our research, the Millennial generation is coming into the workforce expecting something that most, especially associations, are truly bad at: speed.

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Topics: Millennials, Online Community Management

Is Your Community Changing with the Times?

Written by Maddie Grant | on August 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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Today’s “new normal” involves continuous change, which is something the Millennial generation has simply come to expect. But those of us who are older and running things inside associations (including our online communities) have always tried to build things that last. We like consistency. We like things to stay the same. This is a challenge.

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Topics: Millennials, Volunteer Management, Member Communities, Associations

Don't Go Overboard on Millennials

Written by Maddie Grant | on July 23, 2015 at 9:30 AM

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This may sound like odd advice from someone who wrote a book titled, “When Millennials Take Over,” but it’s important that we don’t become too obsessed with the Millennial generation right now. Yes, they are the largest generation in the history of the United States, and yes, I think it’s critical to learn about this generation’s perspective, given the unique and influential spot they hold in our history.

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Topics: Millennials, Online Community Management

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