Mentoring culture is when an organization continuously promotes collaboration, in turn, empowering individuals to develop themselves through informal mentoring. Individuals are actively engaged, feel valued, and are open to participate in knowledge sharing.
As the American author Napolean Hill said, “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed,”. A mentoring culture creates a synergistic relationship where employees are engaged in meaningful work, while the organization is successfully achieving business goals.
Why create a mentoring culture?
When you have a mentoring culture, everyone is a participant. Not only do the mentees have a chance to develop their skills, but the mentors gain value as well. With that in mind, more individuals will volunteer to be available as a mentor to other individuals in their organization. A few other benefits to having a mentoring culture include:
A natural increase in learning and development.
Increased employee engagement.
An increase in employee promotions.
Increased employee retention.
Less reliance on formal training which leads to cost efficiency.
Attraction of top talent to your brand.
Tips to integrate mentoring into your company culture
A few helpful tips to follow to integrate mentoring as a norm into your organization’s culture are:
Use mentoring in your onboarding process. This will establish the expectation that mentoring, formal or informal, is engrained in the company’s culture.
Communicate. Build awareness of mentoring within your organization by explaining to everyone that mentoring is more than just an optional program. Share the importance and benefits to not only the stakeholders, but also the mentees.
When there is buy in from executives who act as sponsors, the promotion builds more awareness within. Having executives place great importance on the use of mentoring on a daily basis will come across as more personal and meaningful to employees and future talent.
Make it inclusive to all individuals. When everyone is aware and has participated it is easier for a mentoring culture to be harnessed.
When your organization is ready to implement formal mentoring, make it easy by using a mentoring software platform. Organizations can facilitate mentor matching, gather feedback for improvements, provide online support, and many more. Chat with one of our experts to learn more about what Insala’s mentoring software solutions can provide. Request a demo to get started.
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