What is a workplace mentoring programme? 🤔
A workplace mentoring or a career mentor scheme is a scheme set up within a company/organisation, often designed for experienced employees to spend some time training and offering guidance to new employees.
Mentors will guide new hires on their professional journeys and help with their onboarding process as they settle into the company.
Workplace mentoring programmes are useful in allowing new employees to gain valuable information and learn from an experienced employee, helping to give them the tools they need and shape them into becoming a valuable employee at your company.
How we use a workplace mentoring scheme at Give a Grad a Go 🤝
Give a Grad a Go are advocates of mentoring programs, Claire Donaldson, Head of People Operations at Give A Grad A Go shares how we’ve integrated a mentoring scheme and why it’s so beneficial for new starters:
What does your business aim to gain from a mentoring scheme? 💭
Every business is different, with its own unique goals and ways of working, so before you set up a workplace mentor program at your business, it’s important to ask ‘what do you hope to gain from a mentoring program?’
Are there specific areas of your business that aren’t meeting targets and need improving?
Do you want to train and improve the management skills of a specific team?
Or do you have new hires starting in an area which needs great training from the beginning?
It’s useful to set goals and aims for your mentoring program, this will help ensure the scheme adds valuable and needed improvements to your company.
The benefits of workplace mentoring program for employers 👍
Workplace mentoring programs have many benefits, here are some of the main objectives of workplace mentoring and how a mentor scheme could improve your company:
Key Account Manager & Team Lead at Give a Grad a Go, Sam Hickson explains how a mentoring program benefited his early career and allowed him to quickly progress:
“Having a mentor when I joined meant that I immediately had someone I could turn to with questions, whether they were about work or otherwise. This really allowed me to hit the ground running but also meant that I felt I could fit in straight away.
On the work side of things, my mentor gave me an in-depth understanding of the ins and outs of the world of recruitment and excellent tips on how to drive sales.
I still use some of the lessons I’ve learnt to this day so it really formed a grounding of my understanding of the job and has played a huge part in my progression at Give a Grad a Go”
How to set up a successful graduate mentoring scheme 📢
To make sure you’re getting the most out of your workplace mentoring, here are some workplace mentor training tips to follow and tips for setting up a mentoring scheme:
How to make mentoring schemes work remotely 💻
With many new hires onboarded remotely and many employees now working from home, this doesn’t mean your mentoring program should come to a halt.
You can still efficiently run mentoring schemes remotely, here are a few ways to do so:
Structured regular weekly check-ins
- To maintain contact with mentees, it’s useful to have regular weekly check-ins, to receive updates on how your mentor is doing and to see if they need any additional help.
- It’s useful to put a recurring event in the company calendar so both parties are aware.
Offer extra support
- It may be hard for some of your new hires to adjust to working from home, without other employees around them to learn from and ask questions to.
- It’s useful during this time to offer extra support and be on hand to answer any questions a mentee may have.
- Running workshops and extra training sessions are great ways to give additional guidance to your new hires who may be struggling.
Setting up a workplace mentoring program can benefit your business in many ways.
Follow our workplace mentoring program guide to successfully implement a scheme in your workplace and help boost your current and new employees’ working lives.
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