By Lizanne de Jong
One of the most challenging management dilemmas is to integrate new
graduates into the workplace.
Young employees start off in the organisation with great expectations and
assume that a degree gives them the golden path to the top. Unrealistic career
expectations, adjustment problems to organisational life and a distorted
understanding of how organisations work, add to the disillusion of new
Management is not equipped to deal with the younger generation, and
Generation Y is frustrated with older managers who expect respect, loyalty and
a certain degree of submissiveness. The sad part is that organisations change
slowly, and struggle to accommodate the younger generation's needs. This
dilemma leads to another possible solution, where the younger generation
graduates need to be prepared to enter organisational life with the necessary
The focus of a possible solution will be on integrating the new graduate into
the organisation. Most organisations have formal induction or on-boarding
programs, but the programs lack the life skills needed to adjust to working life.
Young graduates need to understand how an organisation works, and in most
cases learn a new corporate language of strategy, mission, organograms,
organisational culture and values and how it will affect them.
What is the meaning of KPAs and KPIs and how will my performance be
judged? How do I react to criticism, an older manager and difficult people by
being appropriately assertive? Young graduates also need to understand that to
be competent in any position you need knowledge, skills, experience and the
right attitude before you can be considered to be competent.
On a personal level, attention should be focused on professional power
dressing, how to conduct yourself during a business meeting, acceptable
business behaviour and business ethics. Young graduates have limited or little
exposure to conducting prudent financial planning and often get enticed by easy
credit and not doing proper financial planning. They are also not aware of the
cost of financial services and will focus on buying a new car that will enhance
their status and hurt their pockets and long term planning.
Alusani Skills and Training Network® offers customised courses to addresses
all these issues and offer young graduates the opportunity to focus on their
strengths and areas of development and walk away more confident and better
prepared for the demands of the work place. The course participants also have
an opportunity to learn how to network and plan their future careers.
Alusani®has recently trained hundreds of newly appointed graduates at
various governmental organisations across South Africa to help them find their
feet in the workplace and to become a valued member of the team.