Pros And Challenges Of Mentoring

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Mentoring involves providing a new employee with an experienced employee or an external specialist in order to help the new employee grow and develop within the organisation. The experienced mentor acts as a role model while at the same time guiding, advising and supporting the new employee (Gunnigle, Heraty, Morley, McDonnell, 2011). Its main aim is to develop new skills which are needed in the current area of expertise, improve current skills while also promoting feedback in order to get new ideas. It aids in the process of induction as new employees have professional help which familiarises them with the job and therefore their self-confidence increases, which in return contributes to employee retention as new staff becomes more loyal to…show more content…
This creates a more informal working environment as during the mentoring program employees form friendships and can therefore get along better with their fellow colleagues who have also participated in the program. This increases productivity as employees enjoy their working environment. During the program employees also form communication skills which allow them to be more interactive which also contributes to employee retention (Miller, 2006).

Like every development technique, mentoring is not perfect and therefore certain difficulties are inevitable. The challenges that were identified are; Mentor opportunities, matching mentors and mentees, Inflexibility, confidentiality, balance between theory and practice.
Mentor opportunities: Many mentors presume that mentoring is another task of their jobs while also thinking that there is no learning and development opportunities provided for them, that the whole process is concentrated on the mentee. It is therefore difficult to provide motivation for the mentor to take part in the program. It is also extremely difficult to provide a two way learning as the program is mainly concentrated on the mentee (Poulsen,
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The program must involve formalities such as regular meetings and progress recording in order to make justifications. However, the atmosphere must be fairly informal in order to generate a calm learning environment without emotional stress of formalities (Miller, 2006).
Confidentiality: The main threat of mentoring is information leakage. Mentors from external companies may obtain certain information about the mentee’s company, it is therefore important that the external mentor does not come from a competing company who can use the obtained information for the competitor’s purposes. It is also important that both the mentors and mentees come from different departments within the organisation and are not formally related, the risk of information leakage is then lowered as no interest is demonstrated (Poulsen,

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