Everything you need to know about Mentors in the office

Not everyone is an expert, not everyone is a veteran employee. You have to start somewhere and absorb the knowledge from someone. What better way to learn the ropes than through a guru? Here’s all you need to know about office mentors.

What’s a mentor? It’s someone who will take you under their wing and show you about the business. A good mentor is willing to patiently share their knowledge and expertise. He or she is enthusiastic about the job and passes that excitement onto you. It’s always helpful for new employees or someone who has moved to another position in the company to have an expert point you in the right direction.

“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.”  

Oprah Winfrey

Can you mentor a team?  Team mentoring can be done by setting measurable goals for each employee. Check regularly on the progress of each objective and ask if there are any issues preventing achievement. Make sure you listen without passing judgement, giving constructive feedback.

Who qualifies as a mentor? A mentor should be open, honest and willing to share skills and knowledge. If you are able to offer advice and provide insight; you can be a mentor. Mentors are also able to guide and motivate others. Are you there for someone when the chips are down? You should always act as a role model for your fellow employees.

Meeting with a mentor. Meetings can be either informal or formal; in person, by chat, or over the phone (almost any communication method will work). The meetings should be recurring on a regular basis – you can both decide on the frequency and session length. Commit to the length of the mentoring period (one month, one year); but allow for flexibility if one of you wishes to extend the commitment.

Mentoring is a great way to provide on-the-job coaching where employees can gain skills necessary for their career. From new employees just starting out in the company to seasoned workers looking to climb the corporate ladder – it’s a great way to educate your workforce. What are you waiting for? Find your mentor today or lend a hand to someone who is looking for guidance.

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