Businesses are looking for ways to increase production, improve quality, retain workers and create an upbeat work environment. There is one low-cost solution that’s available for almost any company to use: a mentoring program.
Your employees are your most valuable resource, and a mentoring program can help you get the most from them and help them succeed in their careers at the same time. There are so many benefits to both the organization and the employee that it’s hard to believe more companies haven’t yet started a program.
Many businesses provide new workers with a “buddy” to help them get comfortable and learn the ropes, but it’s also that person who has been with the company for a few years and might be showing the first signs of stagnation that will benefit from a mentoring program.
Here’s how it helps:
It shows a new employee the company cares
The primary benefit of providing a business mentor is it gives new workers someone to go to when they have questions. The mentor can also be a confidante, offering a sympathetic ear when the mentee needs to vent or wants advice on business matters.
Mentors can supply an improved career path for the employee
There are countless advantages for anyone who has a trusted and experienced mentor. Mentors can educate about the responsibilities of a particular job or on the condition of an entire industry. They can go through a company’s organizational chart, its policies and practices, or its approach to business. Any young person willing to accept a mentor’s knowledge can get a jump start on a long and successful career.
It connects the mentee to a professional network
Networks can be quickly and efficiently established with an experienced mentor’s help. These personal introductions can be used as career collateral for someone who is just starting. Mentors can write a recommendation on their protégé’s LinkedIn profile or get the mentee into industry conferences and mixers where there will be ample opportunities to make valuable connections.
Mentors can reduce stress and anxiety for a young worker
It’s critical for a young worker’s development to have a sounding board in the workplace. Mistakes happen all the time, and everyone falls short of a goal occasionally. A mentor can help new workers see past these short-term worries and view the big picture, letting them know that one mistake won’t ruin their career and showing them how to avoid the same mistake in the future.
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