Learning, personal development, and experimentation are critical for job satisfaction among Millennials and Gen Z. Indeed, a recent Gallup survey showed that the primary reason people leave their jobs isn't a bad boss or subpar pay; instead, it's role stagnation and the lack of career advancement opportunities. In a tight labor market, this goes double.
Inspired by Google, one company decided to give employees the opportunity to test drive brand new roles, within our organization. The "stretch program" allows top performers to spend 20 percent of their time (or around one day a week) working on an entirely different project with a different team. After 90 days, everyone involved evaluates the results and decides next steps. Some employees join new teams; others return to their original department with brand-new skills and perspective.