5 Reasons Your Employees Should Have Mentors

Mark Freire

23rd June 2017

Mentoring : Employee training system under which a senior or more experienced individual (the mentor) is assigned to act as an advisor, counsellor, or guide to a more junior individual.

Most UK business face two key challenges when it comes to their staffing. The first is low productivity – we are lagging 35% behind Germany and 30% behind the US – and the second is retention and the challenge of keeping key talent within the company.

Investing in new initiatives which drive improvements across these two areas are highly likely to pay dividends. Mentoring programmes have long been common for senior management teams, but it is naive to think that only senior people can benefit from a guiding hand in their personal development.

Here are 5 reasons why you should consider mentorship for all your staff.

1, More mature decision making

Many businesses have younger superstars who are full of energy and motivation. However overconfidence can become a liability when it comes to the impulsiveness of decision making. Pairing young guns with a more experienced counterpart can provide them with an opportunity to road test ideas and get feedback before pushing forward. A strong mentor can also provide an outside voice when it comes to progression and salary; helping younger employees develop realistic aims and build their careers thoughtfully in line with business goals and performance.

2. Opportunities for personal development

The benefit of personal development is not just limited to the mentee. By supporting more senior staff into the role of mentor you can provide routes for personal growth outside of a standard job role including coaching and leadership skills. It is often hard to motivate long serving employees and those reaching the end of the careers, but the option of being a mentor can provide a new lease of life and level of responsibility.

3. Solves problems you never knew existed

Let’s be honest, not everything that goes on within a business reaches the ears of senior managers. One day everything seems fine, the next day a resignation letter is on your desk citing irreconcilable problems you knew nothing about. A good mentorship scheme can provide some check and balances against your management structure. If an employee has a problem they are uncomfortable talking to their manager (maybe because their problem is their manager), then they may well share with a mentor, who can manage a resolution.

4. Better staff attraction and retention

In a candidate short market, it is the things beyond the basic job role and salary that secure the very best employees. An established mentoring programme shows prospective employees that you care and invest in personal development and have routes of progression and job fulfillment beyond the standard corporate structure.

Those who become mentors have greater reasons to stay at the company, while those with mentors always have an expert on hand to help them thoughtfully develop their careers.

5. New innovation

There is probably no shortage of new ideas within your company, but teasing them out can be a challenge. With the support of a mentor, staff members can turn their concepts into workable business-savvy ideas and gain the confidence to take them to senior managers. It also works both ways. Being exposed to the energy of new ideas from junior members as a mentor can kickstart innovation in the senior ranks.

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