What Is Mentoring?
Mentoring is about "People Helping People." Think back in time to a point where you were helped by someone or that you helped someone. Mentoring can be that simple. There needs to be a helper and someone who wants to be helped. Anyone can be a mentor; however, not anyone is necessarily good at it. There are many skills to develop in order to become effective as a mentor. Peer Mentor.net is a training source that is intended to mentor and coach others to become the best they can be at helping others.
Mentoring is a powerful personal development and empowerment tool. It is an effective way of helping people to progress in the demands of their work setting and their careers and life goals. It is a partnership between two people (mentor and mentee/partner) normally working in a similar field or sharing similar experiences. It is a helpful relationship based upon mutual trust and respect.
Mentoring is becoming increasing popular as its potential is realised. More and more businesses are setting up mentor programs because of the:
- positive impact on the employees,
- positive impact on climate change within an organization,
- reduced turnover in staff,
- built in professional development,
- "just-in-time" training,
- tremendous cost saving, and
- empowerment of staff to do what is needed.