Today’s guest blog comes from Danielle Neveles, leader of Lilly’s newly formed Early Career Professionals employee resource group. Danielle joined Lilly two years ago as an associate consultant in global corporate reputation and branding.
According to Future Workplace, 91 percent of millennials don’t intend to stick with their jobs for more than three years. The accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers discovered one of the reasons it had a mass exodus of employees was that millennials want a workplace where they can find a community of like-minded people.
Millennials are the largest generation in the workforce, and we bring a unique and invaluable perspective to the workplace.
When I was growing up, the majority of the people I knew had similar views and beliefs as I did, given our backgrounds. It wasn’t until I went to college that I was able to interact with people who had views, beliefs and cultures different from my own. Hearing their perspectives and views broadened my awareness and understanding of the world and made me a better person. Since then, I’ve continued to embrace diversity and the value it brings to an organization.
During my first few weeks at Lilly, I felt overwhelmed trying to navigate such a large company. I tried to find people like me with little career experience who were seeking to do the same, but I didn’t know where to get connected. A colleague who started at the same time as me had a similar feeling. We found two other peers and realized we weren’t alone in this.
At that point, we knew we needed a group for us sooner rather than later. We started off as a social group but decided over time to expand to provide more resources and opportunities for 200 members.
Diversity of all sorts, including age diversity, is critical because it ensures ongoing creativity, evolution and excellence. At Lilly, we embrace diversity among our employees. We formed the Early Career Professionals group to embrace the diverse perspectives within our millennial workforce and to share our voices and ideas with the company to make it better and better. Today, our officially launched group has more than 500 members.
We have out-of-the-box ideas and a desire to make a difference in the world. Our perspectives can vary from other generations, but by working together, we can make an even greater difference in the lives of the people we serve.
Our group is a melting pot, too. According to the U.S. Census, we are the most racially diverse group in U.S. history. Early Career Professionals at Lilly vary in terms of their functions, backgrounds, sex, cultures, gender, beliefs and sexual orientation.
I’m excited to have the opportunity to lead our group and work together to make life better for individuals and communities!