Are you a professional mentor? If so, you are already making a difference in someone’s life. If not, have you ever considered it? There are many benefits for both the mentor and the mentee. Although mentor programs do not have to exist solely within your own company, there are a number of reasons your company should consider having one.
Mentorship programs work great within an organization to help align high-potential individuals with company leaders. This coupling works best when both parties have similar career interests and aspirations, as well a mutual respect. Building strong mentoring partnerships can lead to increased employee productivity, retention, and satisfaction.
Benefits for mentors:
- Satisfaction of sharing knowledge and expertise
- Helping others succeed
- Enhanced coaching skills
- Exposure to employees
- Way to build the workforce/aid with succession planning
Benefits for mentees:
- Career tips based on experience
- Ideas for skill development
- Additional networking avenues
- Access to expert resources
- Unique opportunities
Has your organization considered a mentoring program? Maybe the time is now.