Did you know that 70% of Fortune 500 companies have well-established employee mentorship programs to drive employee success and development? A robust mentorship program encourages employees to learn from experienced professionals in their field, allowing them to gain new skills and quickly climb the corporate ladder. Mentors can also provide personal guidance and advice on navigating the corporate environment and interacting with co-workers, supervisors, and stakeholders.
Unfortunately, only a few companies are fully aware of how immensely beneficial mentorship programs can be for their employees’ development and the company itself.
In today’s post, we’ll discuss mentoring, and its role in employee development, from the benefits mentorship programs have for employees to how mentorship can help businesses drive growth.
Development of Leadership Capacity
A mentorship program can help employees develop leadership capacity. Mentors grow just as much, if not more than their mentees in many cases just by learning how to mentor effectively. Mentees also shortcut their learning and develop their leadership skills by receiving mentoring from a leader.
Exposure to New Experiences and Ideas
No matter their field of work, mentees develop a broader view when mentored by someone else with more experience than them on the identified topic. Mentors can introduce mentees to new techniques, ideas, and opportunities that may have previously been out of their reach or unknown.
This fresh perspective can often open mentees’ eyes to new ways of approaching problems, ideas, and goals. It also helps mentees become better problem solvers and more confident in their decisions. These new skills will go a long way toward helping your employees climb up the corporate ladder and take your business to the next level. Mentored employees are five times more likely to get promoted than non-mentored ones.
Boosts Confidence and Self Esteem
Mentors provide mentees with the support they need to excel in their job roles and develop into their unique selves. Having a mentor gives mentees the confidence to take risks and explore their capabilities. They also help mentees develop skills and experience that they otherwise may not have been able to access.
Mentors also provide mentees with affirmation and encouragement when needed, allowing mentees to see their work in a positive light and take pride in their accomplishments. Employee retention rates for companies with mentorship programs stand at 72%, compared to 49% for companies without these programs.
Helps Overcome Obstacles and Career Hurdles
When junior employees face obstacles or difficult career decisions, mentors can help them navigate these hurdles. In doing so, mentees develop the skills to overcome future challenges and make sound career choices.
Mentors can also provide mentees with guidance on handling certain situations or advice on what strategies may be effective in navigating an obstacle. This mentorship can help mentees gain new perspectives, find solutions to problems, and become more confident in their decision-making.
Helps Grow Employees’ Networks
The mentorship program can be a great way to connect mentees with industry professionals and expand the mentees’ networks. Mentors often know of people who may benefit mentees in their career journey, from potential employers to resources for learning.
Access to these contacts can open a universe of opportunities for the mentees. These mentoring relationships often continue even after the mentorship program ends. They help foster relationships that mentees can use to grow in their profession.
Helps Develop Their Perspective
Finally, mentorship can help mentees develop their perspective on the world. Mentors can provide mentees with a more balanced and well-rounded outlook on life.
This can come in handy when mentees face difficult career decisions or need to develop new skills that will benefit their job role. By having the mentee explore different ideas and think critically, mentorship can help mentees become better problem-solvers and more intuitive decision-makers. Mentees also learn to value their work more.
Embrace Mentorship Programs for a Robust Workforce
Mentoring helps foster a workplace culture of collaboration and mentorship while delivering better performance from employees. By investing in mentorship initiatives and programs, c-suite executives and directors of companies can ensure their workforce is equipped with the skills needed for success.
At Engage Mentoring, we understand the power mentorship has to transform your workplace and the lives of your employees. We specialize in developing mentoring programs tailored to fit any organization’s needs. Contact us today for a customized employee development mentorship program to help nurture a thriving culture and growth in the workplace.