What is Mentorship?
Mentorship is a pairing of individuals that allows a lesser-experienced individual to gain insights into specific pathways toward success from a more-experienced individual.
Other Common Names
Other common names for mentorship include:
Key Properties of Mentorship
A mentoring relationship can be either formal (many organizations have formal mentoring programs to match less experienced employees with someone who has experience or expertise in a particular area) or informal (think of someone you meet regularly for coffee to discuss issues at work).
Here are two core properties of mentorship:
- A supportive relationship
- At least one person in the relationship has experience or knowledge in a specific area
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Elements likely to bond with Mentorship
Is mentorship intended to create greater connection among employees? Is it intended to reduce the amount of time employees spend in a formal training program? The goals for any sort of mentorship need to be clearly defined to make sure it’s an effective element in your learning program.
PATH, a global health organization headquartered in Seattle, Washington, recently overhauled a training program which was once held completely in person. With the program transitioning to an online environment, the creators were concerned that the participants (who are dispersed in field offices around the world) wouldn’t have a connection to a real person. PATH chose to incorporate a virtual mentorship program in which experienced staff would leverage a virtual meeting platform to connect with trainees, answer their questions, and simply let them know that they weren’t working in isolation.