Become a Mentor or Not?
“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” – John C. Crosby. Mentoring or the act there of is simply the process of sharing knowledge and experience with an employee. The art of mentoring is there is none, just do it; this act can be done informal or formal between a senior level employee and a junior level employee. A more formal session could involve more structure such as slide shows or presentations, while an informal session can just be a conversation about the tips and tricks. Just think who wants to really sink or swim when they can just swim. Keep mind that a mentor does not have to be an employee’s manager, rather someone who is willing to reach out and lead a helping hand. As the mentor do not think of this as a task but rather feel like an advocate for the employee for their personal benefit in the company, topic, or position. Mentoring is a relationship nonetheless which should continue long after onboarding. Being a mentor allows one to guide, provide opportunities, assist, and paint a clear picture of the organization overall goals and mission. Here is an acronym to remember when mentoring your next mentee: FAAMB, which stands for the following (as seen in article What is Mentoring, www.whatishumanresource.com/mentoring )
- Foster a sense of risk-taking and independence.
- Assist the employee in developing talents.
- Allow the employee to grow and become more independent.
- Maintain objectivity and balance.
- Balance the responsibilities you take on for the employee.
So, if you do not have a mentee at the current moment, find one, it is always great to share life experiences, knowledge, and most of all build from one another.