I’ll be the first to hold my hands up and say that working with a mentor has changed my life. it’s helped me focus on working on my business and not getting caught up in the stuff that distracts me!
Some of the principals I’ve even implemented in my home life, mentoring has given me focus and has empowered me.
Mentoring has become one of the mainstays in really successful companies, with 71% of Fortune 500 businesses running mentoring schemes.
No matter how big or small your company is, using mentors in the workplace can really help your staff feel empowered and bring the best out of them. Mentoring is ranked as one of the top 3 most effective ways to manage talent.
Some businesses worry that by providing training and mentorship for their staff, they’re actually just providing them with the skills to go off and work for a different company and earn more money. But as Richard Branson said, “Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t want to”
Mr Branson is right! One of the main reasons people cite for leaving their job is that they feel there’s a lack of opportunity and they feel under-appreciated. Providing on the job training and mentoring can make staff feel valued and also breeds loyalty. It ensures that your staff know the company that they work for and also understand the vision and direction of the company.
It also allows you to get to know more about your staff, their ambitions and what they could do to further enhance your business.
Some companies feel that mentoring will be a drain on already limited resources, but the truth is, that it doesn’t have to be expensive. You don’t have to employ an external company, you can get staff members to mentor each other. Looking at the skill set your existing staff have, it might be they can train someone else.
It might even be that if you’re part of a business networking group, that you can work with other business owners to provide mentoring for each other’s staff. It might be you have a board member who can come in and work with your staff, or provide a workshop.
Mentoring doesn’t just have to be for young members of staff, people of all ages want the opportunity to develop new skills and strengthen existing ones to develop their career.
If you are looking for a professional company to work with, then we can highly recommend Christine Coates from U Transition Ltd or Mark Self from Action Coach, or Qinesis they all offer a highly professional service.