Women2Women - Spring 2018 - 35
When seeking a mentor, consider:
1. Do I look up to this person?
2. Am I able to work well with
3. Can this person guide me toward
my professional goals?
4. Is this person happy in his or
* Helps new hires feel more supported and connected
* Provides "insider knowledge," such as where to go for the best
sources of information or to unpack the unwritten rules that
can't be found in the employee handbook
Mentoring may also benefit the workplace
in the following ways:
* Increases employees' learning and education
* Saves the workplace from higher turnover and the costs associated
* Develops the employees' management and leadership skills
* Allows employees to focus on big priorities, which saves
time and money
* Minimizes the need for costly classroom training
* Increases job satisfaction for new employees or those in new roles
* Increases employee retention
Mentoring most certainly can make workplace transitions easier,
regardless of the format. If there is no formal mentoring program
in place, as is often the case for smaller businesses, but an employee
would like to access all the benefits that mentoring can provide, Nicole
Fallon, Business News Daily Editor, suggests asking the following
questions when seeking out a mentor:
Do I look up to this person?
Am I able to work well with this person?
Can this person guide me toward my professional goals?
Is this person happy in his or her career?
Uczynski added that, according to the Mentoring Model, the following
specific qualities are important to look for in a mentor in order to
have a successful relationship: someone who has a genuine interest
in others' successes, sensitivity to others' needs and development,
excellent listening skills, commitment, confidentiality and excellent
coaching and feedback skills.
She also said that in order to have a successful mentoring experience,
the mentee should have a general interest in personal growth and
professional development, be committed to learning and acquiring
new skills, receptive to honest and constructive feedback, be willing
to take risks apart from the learning process, and have a strong sense
of self and a personal vision for future growth.
Mentoring provides a positive climate for workplace learning in
a non-judgmental environment, which allows the mentee to feel
supported and guided both emotionally and intellectually. It also
gives the mentor a great deal of satisfaction in giving back. After all,
it probably wasn't that long ago that they were starting out.
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