6 Tips to Increase Mentoring EngagementDecember 13, 2018
A successful mentoring program has many benefits for the organization, the mentor and the mentee. To see these benefits, the program must have an administrator that oversees its success from start to finish. This insures that the mentoring program is headed in the right direction and that the participants have been effectively matched and are engaged in the relationship. Mentor and mentee engagement is key.
Keeping the mentor and mentee engaged throughout the program can be challenging, but it is possible. Sharing these 6 tips with your participants can help to keep them on track.
Communicate Benefits and Challenges
Make sure the participants in the mentoring relationship know the advantages of the program for themselves and for the company. The idea is to appeal to them and give them a reason to commit to the relationship. Although you want participants to feel confident in the relationship, you should also be upfront about the challenges. This shouldnít disengage participants, but instead, prepare them for future issues and ensure that engagement is not decreasing.
Involve Your Managers
Let managers know important details of the mentoring program such as goals, objectives, tasks, and progress. This will tell them what to look for to gauge the success of the program themselves. This also encourages accountability from participants, as youíre getting their direct supervisor involved.
What are your mentors doing well? What can your mentees improve on? Let them know! You should also encourage the mentor and mentee to provide great feedback to each other. Feedback is a valuable tool in keeping participants engaged because it allows them to gauge the success of the program, encourage them to improve their own strengths and weaknesses, and stimulate deeper thinking.
Encourage Participants to Bond
An amazing mentoring relationship starts with the participants. If the mentor and mentee get along well, the encounter will feel like a natural conversation, leading to higher engagement from both parties.
Check-in Throughout the Program
The mentor and mentee can get side-tracked, especially if they have great chemistry, so itís important that you check in with them periodically. This can re-engage participants who may have lost momentum because it reminds them that their progress is being monitored.
Set Attainable Goals
Everyone involved in the mentoring program has goals to reach, and itís important that those goals are challenging but realistic. This should be discussed with participants during your mentor and mentee training sessions. This is an important aspect of engagement because it encourages participants to push for these goals throughout the mentoring program and gives them a sense of accomplishment after reaching them.