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What About Being a Mentee?
It's not completely up to the mentor to make the relationship work, the mentee's role is equally important. The best advice for being a good mentee, is to remain receptive and open. A good mentee should enter into the relationship with the desire to improve and learn as much as possible from their mentor. Communication is extremely important too - the mentor is there to help, a mentee should never hesitate to reach out. It's a collaborative effort, and it requires work on both parts.
Mentorship as a Recruiting Benefit
Today's workforce is very focused on career growth and professional development. From interns to senior executives, the majority see networking and learning opportunities as a huge benefit - often more important than social events and traditional office perks. This is especially true as we move to a much more virtual workforce where building relationships in the office is getting a lot harder. By implementing a mentoring program you can attract more skilled talent, and stand out from the competition. Not only is it a benefit in itself, it shows your company cares about its people and is focused on improving and providing value as they grow in their career. On the flip side, mentoring your current employees helps to ensure they're happy, stay with you longer, and gain the skills/knowledge that will allow them to be transferred within the company in order to meet your organization's needs.
Mentoring is beneficial to practically any industry, and any level of employee. For recruiting new talent, it can even be a great selling feature - especially with a younger workforce who is eager to learn, grow, and build their network. Mentoring is a great tool that can strengthen your workforce, and your company.