Do you practice mentorship programs within your company? Who on earth are mentors, and how can your organization benefit from their work?
According to mentoring expert Bob Proctor, "a mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you." With that in mind, HR specialists might want to establish a formal or informal relationship between experienced workers and new employees to help the latter absorb the company's organizational, social, and cultural norms.
For new employees within your industry, mentorship can be a crucial ingredient to career growth and professional success. But what's in it for your company itself?
How Companies Benefit From Mentorship Programs
There are many benefits of workplace mentoring.
First and foremost, it will speed up the process of adaptation for your employees. Studies have shown the first month of working at a new place is critical to the overall career success of new hires, so mentors are a great way for new employees to manage this time period.
Second, mentoring improves employee satisfaction and retention, leading to increased productivity. The synergy between mentors and mentees allows them all to accomplish more: delegating some tasks to new employees allows the more experienced employees to focus on the high-skilled areas of work. At the same time, new hires learn how to handle all aspects of the job as well as get credit for the overall team success. This, in turn, leads to increased enthusiasm and job performance.
And finally, effective mentoring programs allows your organization to reduce the risk of losing skills in case its key individuals leave. By encouraging them to share knowledge with others, you save valuable information within the company and reduce their load so they can concentrate on what they do best rather than solve organization crises caused by those less skilled.
Industries That Need Mentors
There are some industries on the market where mentorship is critical for professional success. Let’s examine a few of these industries.
The Marketing sphere requires a wide range of skills from employees, which makes hiring managers tear their hair out in attempts to describe them all concisely in job descriptions. With tons of information about this niche available online, marketers yet need mentors who would guide them through the guesswork and teach priorities setting, planning, and analysis to them. Such a mentorship will reveal the latest trends to newbies and help them understand marketing inside out.
In this industry, employees need inspiration and feedback for professional development. After all, we all know letters and can join them into words, but it doesn’t mean we all are professional writers. Without quality mentors, writers – no matter if they are essayists like those at Bid4Papers, web content creators at Copyblogger, or copywriters at Brafton – won't learn the basics or have an opportunity to polish the necessary skills.
3. Information Technologies
This industry is on the rise today more than ever. Five in ten people want to enter IT, so they attend workshops, online courses, and even get the latest certifications in the niche to lay claim to being worth the tech job. But what they need to get this ball rolling is a personal touch, someone who will share insights and experiences as well as help to network with business professionals.
As IBM veteran Imad Lodhi says, "mentors can help you establish the 'big picture'." His colleague Michael Spano agrees:
"Having a mentor in this environment allows you to see where your business is heading and then you can begin to build your skills and expertise in the areas they will most need you in the coming years."
Every coach needs a coach, right? For those working in the fitness industry, it's part of the job.. Because of the time and energy invested into helping others, it's tempting for fitness specialists to neglect their own training and eventually burn out. The best decision is to rely on a mentor and let them teach and motivate you to produce better and more productive work.
Design is the industry where specialists never stop learning. They understand a good mentor can help them avoid career mistakes and save years of learning on their own. With so many online courses, blogs, and how-to guides available, both new and experienced designers alike look for mentorship to build the right mindset and confidence, which is crucial for successful business projects.
Sales is a common industry for young people to make their start in the professional world. They need assistance to learn the basics and pitfalls of this industry as well as set goals and achieve sales targets. A formal mentoring program would help to organize the process and allow newbies to survive in sales teams with strong hierarchical structures.
As Lance Hodgson mentioned, team leads "rarely have the time to engage in anything that resembles mentoring," so assigning "someone outside" for new hires would solve the problem.
This sector needs a strong community, so it's crucial for its representatives to work together as allies and mentors. Seasoned nonprofits can help new professionals build confidence, friendship, and skills, while also providing them with leadership development and networking opportunities. Mentors inspire and motivate, which are critical emotions for new nonprofit employees to possess.
The latest studies show that people who have mentors earn more and get more job promotions.
With all that said, mentorship programs are a must-have for most organizations. They can help to increase employees productivity, create a positive environment, and elevate the quality of work.
This guest post was written by Mike Hanski. Mike Hanski is a writer and content strategist.