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The Importance of Mentorship

Posted By Kate-Madonna Hindes, Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, April 14, 2015


 

My whole life I’ve tried to look beyond athletes or individuals who choose to advance their career, illegally. The same applies to business executives who have committed fraud or personally benefited from unethical transactions. It’s hard to see how anyone who plays by the rules can succeed in such a cutthroat world. When trying to analyze areas in my professional life where I’ve found success, I was surprised when I found the key to success sitting in my own lap! Mentorship is the one true practice that will ensure success in your business.

 

The importance of mentorship between a superior and a new employee is often overlooked in the business world. Companies hire new employees expecting them to sit through a day of "(Insert Company Name Here) Crash Course” and hit the ground running the next day. It simply doesn’t work like that. A relationship between mentor and mentee can be one of the most successful ways to ensure an employee is performing to the best of their abilities throughout their transition into a role.

 

This relationship is not only very beneficial for the new employee, but also the business. The potential benefits of the mentor, mentee, and company are quite impressive. Here are just a few of the benefits.

 

Mentee

1.      Increased Knowledge- The more knowledge that can be shared about the company, the ins and outs of the position, and each individual’s preferences, the more effective the new employee will be in his or her position.

2.      Networking- The new employee should be given the chance to meet everyone in the office. Not only will introducing them to coworkers make them feel like they belong, it will also give them the perception of promotion, positively impacting their work ethic.

3.      Comfort- By creating a relationship that extends beyond the professional lives of a superior and a newbie, the newcomer will be willing to reach out for help in a lot of scenarios that he or she potentially wouldn’t in normal circumstances.

 

Mentor

4.      Becoming a Teacher 101- Although they most likely didn’t go to school to learn how to teach, every management role requires one to be a professor of their branch and industry. Having a mentorship will help you more effectively and efficiently train in mew employees.

5.      Breaking Bad Habits- Where would your company be if management held every single employee "best practice” that they learned 20 years ago dear to heart? By training in new employees with the shiny company policies, management will be more likely to review how they go about their daily work, tidying up some areas they’ve become more lax about.

 

Company

6.      Employee Retention- Employees like companies who invest in them. By instilling confidence in the new employee and showing that your company cares about their success, they are much more likely to remain part of your team.

7.      Comprehensive Training- While some new employee training programs claim to be intensive and all encompassing, no one week training crash course will be as effective as a training program that keeps checking in on itself week after week. This relationship will allow you to curve employee performance continually as they grow within the company.

8.      Motivated Employees- This relationship will allow the new employee to find a niche within the company and get them more excited about their role. This will create a vested interest in the company’s success. Sparking this enthusiasm will create an employee base that comes to work smiling instead of one that punches in grumbling about how full their plate it.  

 

There are many other benefits that are less tangible and often small enough to dive under the radar when thinking about the benefits of mentorship. Implementing a solid mentorship program within your business will ensure success for the mentee, mentor, and the company as a whole. 

 

 

This post was written by Erik Hillesheim, Research Associate at Ewald Consulting. Reach Erik at ErikH@ewald.com. 

 

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