Development within the Milieu Community
At Milieu we want our associates to grow with us and to help us grow. We want every member of our team to have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Amongst the initiatives we have adopted to support professional development within our community are:
Regular 360 feedback
"On the job" training
Brown bag and End of Month lunches
All associates that join our team, regardless of their level or role in our community will participate in a comprehensive induction program that includes:
An introduction to our working environment;
An understanding of our culture and values
An explanation of our common working practises;
Training on our key information & management systems;
Meet the team;
Being assigned an advisor to guide you through your first weeks and months
From time to time, everyone needs some help, support or guidance and this is why everyone at Milieu has a DSC advisor. The role of the DSC advisor encompasses 4 key areas: Development, Support, Coordination and Culture and their purpose is to help those around them be stronger, more efficient and effective members of the Milieu community.
Regular 360 Degree Feedback
In addition to ongoing day-to-day feedback and mentoring , we provide all associates with regular structured 360° feedback from the colleagues they work with on projects and proposals using a confidential online tool. The frequency of the feedback depends on your experience within the community but everyone participates in a 360° at least once per year to get a view on how they’re doing and where they should develop to reach the next step in their career at Milieu.
Milieu is in the process of implementing Individual Development Plans for all associates. These plans will help guide an individual’s professional development within the Milieu Community over time and cover both specialised skills (Environment, Gender, Energy etc.) and general skills (Project Management, Communications, Writing etc.) towards being a great consultant.
On The Job Training
Best practice states that to get the most of the time you have available for development, 70% of your learning should be “on the job” and we are big believers in that. In Milieu, you have the opportunity to play different roles on projects, increase your knowledge in a specific area or work on projects in new and different areas to broaden your expertise.
We offer regular classroom training sessions to our associates to support the development actions in their development plan. The topics & timing vary depending on the needs of the business and community but here are some example courses that we run:
- Proposal writing and management skills;
- Project management skills;
- Presentation & communication skills;
- Effective writing;
- Time management;
- MS Excel/Word
Brown Bag Lunches & End Of Month Meetings
Every month, members of our community take the initiative to organise “Brown Bag Lunches” and “End of Month Meetings” that are open to all of our associates. The sessions are presented by your colleagues or external presenters and the topics are wide and varied. There is no obligation to attend but we think that it’s a great way to gain new knowledge, meet people from other areas of the business and build a stronger community.