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Many of us know the benefits of being a mentor and a mentee, but what about the benefits of mentoring for a business? This is absolutely something to consider when proposing a mentoring programme at your place of work because it goes beyond the initial ‘we need it’ feeling that you might have.
This might not be hugely exciting, but it is the first thing many people consider when introducing a programme that is focused on their staff. If you can keep your staff engaged and challenged whilst ensuring they feel valued and recognised, you’ve hit the jackpot when it comes to having people that actually want to come to work on a Monday morning. Of course all this is easier said than done and it’s not a foolproof plan, but having a mentoring programme in place will make this easier to achieve.
Please be fully aware though that mentoring can also have the opposite effect on staff retention, but this should be viewed as a positive. This is something we will cover in a later blog.
Develop your staff
Mentoring allows your staff to grow and develop beyond their current state. This is a very basic description of what mentoring is from a business point of view. Your job as an employer is not to tell your staff what to do. It is to recognise what your staff want to do, whether it will benefit your business, and then to give them the tools in order to do what they want to do. A mentoring programme is the perfect tool.
Your colleagues are capable of doing amazing things, why would you not want to help them?
Light that lost spark
Especially from a mentor’s point of view but also for mentee's, a mentoring programme can reinvigorate a member of staff who has perhaps become a bit ‘stuck in a rut’. They are still producing good work, you have no issues with their performance, but the spark has gone and they no longer seem like the passionate ball of energy they once were. Joining a mentoring programme can offer focus and something new to learn about, and when joining as a mentor specifically, staff can be reminded of how valued and important they and their experience is to not just the company but the staff around them. Their new purpose as a mentor will reignite that spark.
You might be one of many offices within your organisation, looking for something to set yourself apart from the rest. A mentoring programme is the perfect initiative to make this happen. Not only will it benefit your colleagues, but if you can make it work in your office, others may want to get in on the action. Being the first in your organisation to introduce a programme might make you a point of contact for future programmes and may see you involved in the introduction of many more programmes in the future.
Diamond in the rough
Every office has at least one person who comes to work, sits and their desk, does their work and then goes home, right? They are friendly, they work hard, they don’t bother anyone, but essentially they are part of the furniture and no one really knows much about them or what they are capable of. It might be that they just like to blend in, earn their salary, and keep their private life private, and that is fine. But what if it's because they are too shy or lack the confidence needed to take on a new challenge, or they haven’t got enough experience to do what they really want to do? They might simply need a bit of direction because they are feeling lost. What do you think would happen if they joined a mentoring programme as mentee? What if that quiet person in the corner became a confident, forward thinking idea factory, now instilled with the self-belief that they can do much more than they thought they were capable of? I guess you’ll never know unless you give them the right platform.
I hope this post has helped you consider several key reasons why mentoring within your business is a great idea. Please let me know if you've experienced any further benefits when introducing mentoring within your place of work, in the comments below. I'd love to hear about your experiences!