Four Benefits from Diversity MentoringNovember 14, 2016
More than ever before, diversity is a necessity for growing organizations [Click to Tweet]. It accommodates diversity in your clients, motivates employees, and even recognizes new knowledge and skills that may have been overlooked in the past. However the problem isn't marketing diversity, rather it's how to do it the best, most efficient way possible.
Mentoring programs and solutions are excellent tools to enhance employee relations, especially for racial minorities and women. By matching an experienced employee with a diverse employee you are increasing the chance of knowledge gain, network building and motivation for minorities in the workforce. In addition, mentoring encourages employees to engage more with others and the organization. Mentoring helps employees acclimate to their new position and reduces feelings of isolation.
Using Mentoring as a way of means and not the end result.
Instead of focusing solely on diversity, the program should establish ways for individuals to volunteer. Mandated policies usually backfire by reducing personal buy-in. However, participants who volunteer will produce an internal motivation to want to be apart and therefore encourage all qualified people - regardless of their background or culture.
Mentoring for diversity initiatives.
Mentoring brings people together in their personal careers. It also results in honest dialogue for pairs, especially diverse employees who are able to discuss their views more freely. The mentoring process could develop change on an internal level, but also for the organization as a whole.
Mentoring can reveal unseen talent.
It's human nature to surround ourselves with others that are similar to us but that tendency reduces our interactions with people who are different than us. Matching managers with lower level staff (between or in departments) will uncover skills their managers may not yet realized. This is beneficial for organizations who are in search of employees to fill higher positions and in doing so will cut the cost of external hires and reduce the need for extensive training.
Mentoring empowers people to find their preferred role in an organization.
A majority mentor can teach a minority mentee about the skills needed in a majority-dominated world. A minority mentee can also be matched with a similar minority mentor where the mentee perceives his or her mentor as a role model and can learn how to overcome workplace obstacles.
Insala, who has mastered mentoring for over 20 years, provides efficient solutions to launch and deliver your mentoring program. Whether it's for diversity or not, Insala's consultants help organizations like yours pinpoint business objectives , talent development opportunities, and produce custom mentoring programs customized for all types.