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4 Programs To Help Workplace Mentoring Go Smoothly

Source | http://blog.capterra.com : By Halden Ingwersen

Mentorship is one of those things everybody wants to have but nobody wants to work for. Like networking, it sounds like a great thing to have, something rich with benefits, if only it wasn’t so much work.

This reputation can scare off even the best mentor and mentee candidates. And that’s a shame, because the people who could benefit the most from mentorship are usually those who’d be most intimidated by the concept. Gartner has released research suggesting that mentoring is a vital aspect of all industries, and IT-focused workplaces in particular.

Workplace Mentoring

As a talent management professional, you already know a number of ways mentorships can be helpful, both for individuals and your business. Mentorships lead to more connected employees, higher productivity and job satisfaction rates, and increased employee loyalty. And mentorships programs are especially helpful for Millennials in the workplace.

Shy of locking your staff in a room and forcing them to develop meaningful bonds before you’ll let them out, how can you make the mentorship process go smoother? While technology can’t solve all mentorship problems, these four workplace mentoring apps might help.

How can you define mentoring?

At its most basic level, a workplace mentorship is when a more experienced, often older employee at a company takes a newer employee under their wing. The new employee may not have worked in this field previously, or has limited experience, and is in need of guidance. While the mentor doesn’t do the mentee’s work for them, they offer a helping hand and advice to clear up any confusion, and can help the mentee become acclimated and comfortable in their job more quickly.

The mentor benefits through an increased sense of job satisfaction, greater confidence in their abilities and skills, and through an increased connection with younger employees. Rather than being pushed out of the company by replacements, the mentor gets to welcome new faces in the industry. The mentee benefits not only from learning new skills, but through a greater sense of community and a feeling of guidance. Rather than feeling adrift, the mentee knows they can turn to someone for advice and help as they navigate their new job.

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