By Nico Strydom
Many companies have formal mentorship systems to make sure that knowledge and skills are transferred and to identify and develop talent.
Mentorship programmes do not only serve as instruments for development, but are also extremely cost-effective options with numerous benefits for a company because the resources are already in place.
Research has found that mentorship makes for job satisfaction and professional and personal development for the mentor as well as for the person at the receiving end. Employees also tend to stay with their place of work if they feel that they are getting help and that some effort is being put into their development.
Mentorship in the workplace can come in various forms. An employee could, for instance, be mentored by one of his equals to introduce him or her to the organisation’s culture and to show them the ropes.
The other type of mentorship relationship would be between a more experienced employee and a new or less experienced employee. The experienced employee will take the other employee under his or her wing and transmit new skills to him or her, while the experienced employee could in the process also identify and develop some of their own talents.
The benefits that a new or less experienced employee can derive from a more experienced employee are almost endless. In the end the mentor could be the determinative factor in whether the mentee becomes very successful in his or her work.
Mentors are often people who themselves had a mentor earlier and benefited a lot by it and who now want to do the same for somebody else.
A mentorship programme in a workplace also helps to create a culture of learning where employees share knowledge with each other all the time. This helps newer, inexperienced employees to reach their full potential and often results in better productivity.
Mentorship also helps to reinforce leadership and to instil skills in future leaders. Employees who are mentored generally experience more job satisfaction and feel that they have an important role to play in their workplace.
It is, however, important to allocate the right mentor to a specific employee to make sure that they are comfortable with each other and that there is an interaction that will produce the desired results. It is important that there should be clear expectations and a structure to manage the mentorship.
The Balance Careers: https://www.thebalancecareers.com/developing-and-serving-as-a-mentor-in-today-s-workplace-2275287