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Mentorship in the workplace

What is mentorship?

Mentorship is an important aspect of learning.

 

It is the guidance given by an experienced person to help someone else. You’ve probably had your fair share of mentors throughout your life; whether it was your first teacher, your business university lecturer, your football coach, or your seniors at work. They were there to pick you up when the chips were down and there to congratulate you when you did well. 

 

The bottom line, mentorships have significant value in any learning experience- particularly in the workplace. And it’s not just a one-way relationship either...

1. Benefits both people involved

There are two roles in mentorship; the mentor and the mentee. Both take on mutually beneficial roles. The mentee can benefit from the guidance and encouragement from their experienced mentor in the way of confidence, work efficiency and overall personal development. 

 

Likewise, the mentor can benefit from the act of coaching and supporting the mentee and develop in the way of communication, leadership and people skills; the perfect collaboration for improving all types of performances in the workplace.

 

Setting goals for each other can be fun and challenging!

2. Uses personal experience to help someone else

Experience is the best teacher. Mentoring uses personal experience to help someone else. Why is this so important? There are things you cannot learn from textbooks, and workplaces often have their own business politics to overcome. Mentorship in the workplace can offer that extra layer of advice, ‘tricks of the trade’ so to say, that only experience can teach you.

3. Enhances job satisfaction

It’s no lie that there’s no better job satisfaction than helping someone else. In the workplace, this can mean helping the new person in the team deliver an excellent presentation to impress the Marketing Manager, or increase their sales targets by improving their telephone manner. Either way, you’ll walk away knowing that you’ve made an impact on someone else’s learning development.

4. Helps to establish long term relationships

Mentorship helps to encourage openness and trust amongst colleagues. Knowing that there is someone you can talk to; whether to receive feedback on an important report, or to discuss something confidential. This can massively improve not only relationships within the workplace, but also work efficiency. 

5 . Develops interpersonal skills

Mentorship helps to improve interpersonal skills - a key ingredient for any aspiring successful entrepreneur. Coaching another person naturally develops leadership skills that every Project Manager role needs. You’ll be volunteering for the public speaking opportunities in no time and corporate presentations will become a breeze.

 

Bottom line, mentorship is important in the workplace and it’s a two-way relationship. Mentorship can help to develop interpersonal skills, increase confidence and improve relationships amongst colleagues.

 

Perhaps your work could benefit by introducing more mentorship opportunities in the workplace today!

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