All throughout school and college you are guided by teachers and parents. You enter the corporate world, and see that there is a strange hollow. You are scared and perturbed of being in an all new atmosphere. You have tasks to complete, but don’t know whom to approach. You are nervous and have no idea where to look for help.
This was the situation in most workplaces a decade ago. But now, the corporate world has understood the problems that are faced by the “freshers” in the corporate world. Most companies have come up with the concept of Mentoring program which causes a smooth transition of the new-joiners into the corporate world.
Who is a workplace mentor?
A mentor is your co-worker in the workplace with more experience. She/he would facilitate your growth- meaning they will assist you with your day to day activities till the time you are confident enough to go on your own. This does not mean that the mentor will do your part of the job. A mentor is more a facilitator- who will only guide you through the process.
- Finding difficulty creating an ice-breaker? A mentor will help you know your team and jell with them.
- She or he will also help you with your assigned task- mentoring you through the whole phase, monitoring your progress and positively criticizing you to enable your improvements.
- They will help you set your performance objectives, help you identify your goals and help you achieve them.
- They not only help you with your career development, but also take care that the required knowledge is transferred to you to do the job efficiently.
What do you benefit by having a workplace mentor?
To be a profitable resource to the company you need to be associated with the company not just intellectually, but also emotionally. This is where a mentor plays an important role in your life. With the help of a mentor, you can get the required connect with the company- this will help you in a long run. From the time you join, right from helping you connect with the team till you get the required knowledge to do your job efficiently, a mentor will guide you. Since a mentor also acts as an ice-breaker, it becomes easy for you to interact with your co-workers.
You will benefit tremendously from this relationship, because you are associated with a person who is more knowledgeable and experienced than you. A mentor will correct you and guide you whenever required. Positive criticism from your mentor helps you grow both professionally and personally too.
A win-win situation for all
It is not just you who will benefit from the mentoring program. Mentoring is the key to the overall health of the organization. The positive energy that gets created in the team because of the rapport and good relationship between the mentor and the mentee goes a long way in building an effective team. Team spirits score high making a workplace a more pleasurable one.
A mentoring program in the initial days for the employee increases the retention of the employee with the organization, since the emotional bond with the company increases. Not just you and the company, the mentor too will benefit from this relationship. The opportunity to teach or advise others can increase the mentor’s confidence and own job satisfaction. If the mentor is a supervisor, mentoring can improve her supervisory skills as well.
So a mentoring program is a win-win situation for the mentee, employer and the mentor. You have better chances at succeeding in your career with a workplace mentor.