How Reverse Mentoring Can Benefit Your OrganizationNovember 14, 2017
Organizations around the world are embracing a wide variety of modern mentoring models, including reverse mentoring. Reverse mentoring is a program in which the traditional mentoring roles are reversed with a junior level employee being the mentor and a senior level employee being the mentee. This method was developed about a decade ago and has become more popular as more established organizations are implementing it.
When referring to reverse mentoring, Alan Webber, the co-founder of Fast Company, said “… by the time you’re in your forties and fifties, you’re not in touch with the future the same way the young twenty- something’s are. They come with fresh eyes, open minds, and instant links to the technology of our future.” This quote speaks directly to the purpose of reverse mentoring, which is to help individuals become more familiar with topics such as technology, social media and current trends.
Many organizations wonder how reverse mentoring can be beneficial. Here are 3 ways…
Closing the Knowledge Gap
As new technology and processes are created, older generations become less aware of what the current business trends are. By engaging in reverse mentoring, they are able to gain knowledge on topics that they wouldn’t normally have access to.
Empowering Emerging Leaders
In many instances, a less experienced employee wouldn’t normally be given the opportunity to be a mentor. With reverse mentoring, they can gain confidence in a role that is usually only held by organization leaders. This confidence can empower them to take their own leadership development to the next level.
Bringing Generations Together
Not only are you closing the knowledge gap with reverse mentoring, but you’re also closing the generation gap. As more generations enter the workforce with new ways of thinking, conflict can arise. By having individuals within your organization participate in a reverse mentoring program,