Mentoring is helping another person to accomplish something. More explicitly, something that is significant to them. Employee mentoring, corporate mentoring, workplace mentoring, and professional mentoring are about rendering help and support in a non-intimidating way. It is an approach that the mentoree will be grateful for and value because it will empower them to go forward with self-assurance towards what they desire to accomplish. Mentoring creates an informal setting in which one person, the mentoree, can feel persuaded to discuss his needs and conditions openly and in certainty with a mentor, the other person, who is qualified to be of certain help to them.
Training is needed to cover necessary work-related skills, knowledge and techniques but most people take it as work and therefore regard it as a pain in the neck. The most efficient way to develop employees is to learn how to improve your mentoring as well as your training skills. The following suggestions may be of help:
- Establish a system of mentoring in the workplace. This may involve telling the employees what mentoring is all about and how it can improve one's skills. Relationships with the employees may be developed so that they will not be hesitant to receive mentoring because they will feel it is for their own benefit.
- Use company newsletters, lunch hour learning sessions, and team meetings to convey how mentoring can help develop fundamental skills.
- Look back to the time when you were a mentoree. What experience did you like most? Use that in mentoring. Think of strategies how you can help your mentoree on other aspects which you see he did not like. Be aware of your roles and responsibilities as a mentor.
- Be very familiar with the necessary skills required for the jobs. Plan activities where concerned employees can associate with possible mentors or mentorees. Invite a mentor to talk about his experience while being a mentoree.
- Know the different mentoring approaches like circles and team mentoring. Circle mentoring is working with a group of employees to be mentored and providing them advice, guidance and encouragements to help one another. In a peer or team mentoring, the team members mentor each other - especially if there is a particular issue to be resolved.
- For employee mentoring, corporate mentoring, workplace mentoring, or professional mentoring, the mentor must always possess improved mentoring skills to share with the mentorees.
Mentoring can be a gratifying experience for the counselor or mentor. There are benefits and opportunities for the mentor which cannot be valued by monetary rewards. The longer the mentor does his mentoring job, the more his leadership skills are developed. This increases his job satisfaction and value in the place of work and increases his chances to share his knowledge and skills.
Improving one's mentoring and training skills lets new employees confide with the mentor. Their interests, goals and expectations are freely discussed with the mentor thereby establishing the mentoring relationship between them. As an improved mentor you know how to establish a common understanding about some issues where you can convince the mentorees of the preferred learning strategies and the best way to achieve their learning goals.