"Successful mentoring programmes have several features in common that are fundamental to their sustainability and effectiveness. Schemes that flounder have either inadequately addressed (or not fully understood) one or more of these fundamental components, or have neglected them completely.

Implementing a well designed mentoring programme is a very cost-effective and highly rewarding Organisational Development intervention, offering a huge return on investment for the employees and the company as a whole."

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Mentoring at Work

Unique Relationships
Mentoring establishes a unique kind of relationship at work, based upon mutual trust and respect, where 'experienced' mentors support less experienced mentees in their personal and professional development.

Formally recognised mentoring programmes are becoming increasingly popular within professional organisations as their enormous potential, and many benefits, are realised.

The Benefits
When an organised mentoring programme is designed and operated correctly, all parties benefit - the mentees, the mentors, and the organisation. Knowledge and key skills are developed and retained in-house, individuals' performance can be significantly enhanced, employee engagement and organisational commitment can be strengthened, and improved information sharing and communication networks can be established (amongst many other things).

However, successful mentoring programmes don't come about by chance or run themselves - they need planning, structure, and ongoing support from the organisation

Not all mentoring programmes have the same purpose and aims, or the same structure and format, as these will depend on the organisational context and needs. By combining our existing knowledge and understanding of 'people at work' with research from the 'mentoring arena' specifically, we can identify the key requirements and processes for a successful mentoring programme in your organisation.

We can help you with design, selection & assessment, training, evaluation, and much more.

For further information about creating and implementing a successful mentoring programme in your organisation, please contact us.


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