In a landscape of retention and employee engagement challenges, HR departments are shifting some of their focus toward driving the transformative power of mentorship. Mentorship initiatives work alongside talent acquisition, employee lifecycles, and organisational development to foster employee growth.
Improved Skills Development
With rapid shifts in technology, disruptive models, and changing consumer needs, there is a constant need for staff to adapt and upskill.
Mentorship provides an effective channel for knowledge transfer. Experienced mentors, leveraging their expertise, help mentees navigate new challenges and understand complex issues. This helps employees execute tasks and speed up skill acquisition.
The give-and-take learning experience allows mentees to share their insights and skills with their more experienced colleagues.
Staff are often lost when it comes to defining career paths and seizing opportunities for advancement. Mentorship can act as a source of direction and support, providing guidance and advice on pathways and job roles. Senior employees’ own careers suggest potential strategies and personal goals.
Ties are formed during mentorship processes, allowing connection and entry into professional networks. These connections can open up opportunities and introductions that previously might not have been possible.
Individual attention helps staff members avoid feeling ignored and undervalued. This helps increase job satisfaction and self-confidence, naturally leading to better performance overall. Another result of this aspect of mentorship is better retention rates.
Training mentors with soft skills such as communication, empathy and active listening can help them perform a more effective role as mentors.
When selecting mentors, factors beyond the purely professional should be taken into account. Focus on personalities, learning and communication styles, and extracurricular interests. You are creating partnerships for both parties to be able to learn from each other.
Take advantage of the features within your LMS to present opportunities for spontaneous shared learning and dissemination of information. This can message boards, gamification and webinars.
Mentors will often direct a lot of the training to mentees via the online learning platform, which allows for effective monitoring of the mentorship by management.
Embracing mentorship should be considered as a strategy for developing staff, improving training, retention, and skills transfer. It is an investment in your company culture and performance.