Mentors – Your Team Needs Them!
By: Karen M. Belair, MSA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant, Insight HRM
Why invest in mentors? Choosing mentors who know and understand your business offers unique investment into employee’s knowledge and experience. New employees need time to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to become a productive member of your work force. Helping a new employee learn the processes and procedures, embrace the culture and buy into the organization’s mission simply can’t be done solely through an orientation program conducted by management or HR. This is where a mentor program can boost new employee engagement and retention!
A sound mentoring program is a win-win for both new hires and established employees. Employees overwhelmingly state they desire challenges, responsibilities and a chance to make a difference. Establishing valued employees as mentors provides a unique sense of pride and achievement which are values that departing employees stated as a significant reason for leaving an organization when they were lacking.
Developing an effective mentor program requires intent, top management support and yes-some financial backing. Building a reliable, efficient mentoring program is much simpler than many believe.
- Identify mentors
- Identify mentees
- Train both mentors and mentees
- Establish program outline with objectives and deliverables
- Measure the program along the way and adjust as needed
Insight HRM can outline the steps to building a solid mentor foundation, help you train and develop mentors and design the metrics you need to show the value mentoring can bring to your organization.
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