20 Benefits of Mentoring

October 2, 2018

The benefits of mentoring are many, and they’ll vary from program to program, participant to participant. Here’s a list of benefits often seen by the mentor, mentoree and organization.

For the Mentor

  • Allows the mentor to “give back”—to both the organization and the mentoree
  • Reminds the mentor how to listen actively rather than passively
  • Encourages the mentor to share knowledge, which helps increase the mentor’s sense of self-worth
  • Strengthens the mentor’s interpersonal relationship skills
  • Teaches the mentor about other areas/departments within the organization
  • Helps re-energize the mentor’s career
  • Leads to more personal satisfaction on the mentor’s behalf

For the Mentoree

  • Increases the mentoree’s self-confidence
  • Helps the mentoree learn to take better control of his or her career
  • Teaches the mentoree how to speak up and be heard
  • Educates the mentoree on how to accept feedback in important areas, such as communications, technical abilities, change management and leadership skills
  • Improves the mentoree’s interpersonal relationship skills
  • Provides an important networking contact for the mentoree
  • Helps the mentoree better understand the organization’s culture and unspoken rules, both of which can be critical for success

For the Organization

  • Conveys to people within the organization that management is willing to invest in its members/employees
  • Shows the outside world that the organization values its members/employees
  • Fosters more loyal employees/members -- this can lead to reduction in turnover rates (which saves money on recruitment and training costs)
  • Creates a more positive work environment
  • Fosters leadership skills in mentors
  • Encourages the mentoree’s growth from junior-level members/employee to future leader

Source: Management Mentors

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