When is the Right Time to Use Modern Mentoring?

December 26, 2018

Traditional mentoring has evolved to keep up with the ever-changing workforce. With newer generations entering the workforce and new skills being learned, there are several types of modern mentoring that have become popular. But, many organizations struggle with knowing how and when to implement these programs.  

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Here are 5 ways in which modern mentoring can be used effectively for your organization…

Flash Mentoring

Flash mentoring proves to be useful when an individual needs information to complete a specific task. These relationships are one-time, session-based, encounters that are extremely beneficial as participants are required to stay focused and be strategic.

Flash mentoring is also less formal than traditional mentoring, allowing for a low-pressure meeting environment. The proper time to use this modern mentoring type is to…

  • Learn a specific hard skill.
  • Assist individuals in fitting in with the company culture.

Reverse Mentoring

Reverse mentoring is a great way to close the knowledge gap between generations or skill levels throughout the organization. It provides an opportunity for individuals to swap traditional roles in the mentoring relationship, where the junior level individual becomes the mentor to a senior level individual. It is mutually beneficial for participants as they gain skills they would not have gained in a traditional mentoring relationship. Therefore, this modern mentoring style is used when...

  • Older generations want to learn more about modern skills, such as new technology, from their younger counterparts.
  • Senior executives want to see how the organization operates from the perspective of someone on a junior level.

Group Mentoring

Mentoring in groups is a great way to connect with others in the organization as there can be many mentees and/or many mentors. It also promotes diversity and channels the flow of idea sharing.

Group mentoring has become popular because younger generations appreciate collaboration over competition, and this mentoring type allows them to hone in on their collaborative skills. The best time to use this form of modern mentoring is when...

  • There is a lack of participants in a program
  • Building skills, positive attitudes, and confidence in social interactions.

Speed Mentoring

Speed mentoring is a one-time, quick encounter, very reminiscent of speed dating. This has become popular as mentees are quickly able to gain exposure to many mentors and their diverse mentoring techniques.

Introductions are brief, and questions are prepared in advance to make the most out of the participants’ time. We know it seems like speed mentoring can’t be beneficial, but it opens bigger doors for the mentee in the future. This type of modern mentoring is useful when…

  • Assisting in finding the right mentor match.
  • Mentoring is needed to solve one issue or to learn a definite skill.

Virtual Mentoring

Because so much communication takes place virtually, mentoring has evolved to take this form as well. Virtual mentoring has proven to be a valuable asset for organizations that are widely dispersed. It also provides a wider pool of mentors to choose from, allowing for a higher possibility of a positive mentoring relationship. Due to the convenience of virtual mentoring, this style can be used when...

  • Time and place aren’t crucial to the success of the mentoring relationship.
  • The mentoring topic is focused on technology and a hands-on approach is a must.

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