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Create a Learning Culture Through Mentorship

Updated: Oct 1, 2020

Employees are motivated and engaged when their personal needs and the needs of the organization are in sync. When the relationship greatly benefits both parties, growth and success are bound to happen. One way to do that is through an internal mentorship program. Mentoring impacts the organization by improving job satisfaction and retention and impacts the individual for career guidance and personal development.

Here are 3 benefits of an internal mentorship program:

1. Creates a learning culture- A workplace mentorship program shows employees you value learning and development and it is encouraged to learn from those around you. When employees get paired with a mentor, they feel the company is truly investing in them and their future with the company.

2. Decreases stress and anxiety- Having someone to go to without judgement, no matter what the issue, will take a lot off an employee’s shoulders and help them not feel alone.

3. Comes full circle- Both mentees and mentors benefit from this relationship. It feels good to help someone else out and it also feels good to know someone is there for you. Also, if mentees have a great experience they will most likely sign up to be a mentor and pass on the same kindness to a new employee.

Mentorship programs can have huge payoffs in big and small companies! Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Don’t assign mentors randomly. Try and find common interests and pair with purpose.

2. Set relationship guidelines and expectations including frequency of meetings.

3. Check in regularly to make sure both parties are engaged.

4. Market internally to get seasoned employees on board; don’t make it mandatory!

This blog was inspired by this Forbes article.

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