How to Start a Mentoring Program

Having a mentoring program in your company is something that can have a great impact on your team. Not only does mentoring improve the overall happiness of employees, but it can also be a powerful tool for company-wide success. Regardless of your position in the company, you can help integrate a mentoring program into your culture. Here are a few things you need to know about starting a mentoring program:

Create Structure

Before creating the program, develop a goal for the mentoring program. Do you want people to learn new skills, or are you more focused on welcoming newcomers to the business? Whatever it may be, having a set goal in mind is key to the program’s success.

Have a Clear Definition

Once the structure is created, it’s important for everyone involved to have a clear understanding of the responsibilities of the mentor and mentee. Be sure to identify the overall objectives and what people can generally expect. This will help you keep an organized understanding of the program and why it exists.

Pairing People Together

It’s important to hear from mentors and mentees on what they are hoping to gain and teach throughout the experience. Prior to pairing people together, have everyone complete an information sheet on what they’re looking for from the relationship. This should help to place people in successful pairs.

Track the Program’s Success

Like anything else you incorporate into your company culture, it’s important to track and maintain its success. After a few months, evaluate the program and how people in the company are feeling about it. If it’s going well, keep it up! If not, identify the areas of improvement and make the changes necessary.

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