After the program, the individual, an engineer who had just joined a large manufacturing MNC, said to my colleague, “Ma’am, the session was very insightful. I have learnt a lot that wasn’t taught or spoken about at our Institute. But I don’t think all this will be very useful as once we start working, we have to ‘fit’ into the company culture and do what we are told to.”
This has become a recurring narrative in the last 8-9 years that we have been running this program and interacting with hundreds of graduates. When they were in their element, and without the fear of being judged or rated, they let their guard down and were able to speak their mind, offering us a window into their world of hopes, opinions and expectations. Some of these are no doubt ill-informed but perhaps the fear of having to fit in and not having an opportunity to bring their natural curiosity and newly gained knowledge into play is the biggest of them all.
What an irony it would be to bring in fresh talent into the company and not provide them with a culture that allows for them to flourish?
Here are some ideas and insights that can shift your perspective: