Building a career and making it work is no easy task, especially now when the job-market is volatile, competition is cut-throat, and ASAP is a way of life. We all want to be independent and take full credit for our successes. However, there are times when we wish for some extra bit of wisdom and guidance. A formal mentorship programme can do wonders for your employees. Not only freshers, but mid-career employees could also benefit from insights provided by individuals who are more experienced than them.
Individuals have different questions and needs based on their unique career paths and an able mentor can answer a lot of these questions while encouraging the employee to achieve his/her own career goals. Here are some benefits of having a mentor at your workplace:
Set your career rolling: As you start out, everything seems quite new and having a mentor ensures that you stay on track and work at progressing your career.
Your own network of wise advisors: Your mentor often brings you into contact with many other experienced individuals and you are sure to gain from their knowledge and expertise. These contacts matter throughout your career and aid you in personal development as you get to learn from their amalgamated experience.
Prompt feedback: You can run your decisions though your mentor and since s/he’s been in the organization longer than you, his/her feedback does matter. Experience counts and your decisions will benefit from some tried and tested wisdom.
An anchor: Your mentor keeps you onto your goals. This accountability makes you stick to pursuing your goals even the face of adversity. S/he might even be able to offer valuable advice about how to go about accomplishing some of these goals while making sure that you take your own decisions.
A compass: Your mentor would help you navigate through problems at work. Though it’s advisable to keep a clear demarcation between your personal and professional lives, problems not related to work often creep into your professional space. Though you might not be able to discuss these issues with your mentor at work, s/he can help you maintain your focus on issues at hand with regard to work. Besides, having someone to talk to, also helps a lot in coping with stress at work.
Perspective: Objective advice is usually of immense value and that is what your mentor can provide you. While your friends and co-workers know you well, their advice might be biased. The impartial professional standpoint that your mentor can take helps you view challenges is a different light altogether. That said, mentoring should never be confused with hand-holding or spoon-feeding. You mentor is there only to guide you.
Learning to mentor: You can always learn from your mentor on how to guide others. Once you attain a certain amount of experience, you could mentor others through their troubles at work. Mentoring others is rewarding in itself and helps you as well as your mentee grow.
Choosing the right mentor for your employee is where you can help in this process and make the journey helpful and pleasant for both the mentor and the mentee. With all the pressure at work, it is natural to feel rudderless and overwhelmed. Having someone to guide, encourage and motivate you, someone to share difficulties, failures and successes with, would provide the much needed support.
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