Mentoring relationships foster a climate that encourages individuals to reach their fullest potential. By providing access to institutional and professional knowledge, mentoring relationships help to eliminate barriers to effective workplace performance and career success.
In mentoring relationships, mentors aid mentees with self-development and career management by helping them navigate various aspects of their organization, including*:
*Source: Adapted from Howard G. Adams, Ph.D. & Sheila K. Scott, Mentoring: The Fundamentals of Effective Mentoring
Through the relationship, the mentor is encouraged and rewarded by helping others and through knowing that he or she is making a difference in the profession and organization. The mentor is also distinguished for leadership contributions that sustain a mentoring culture in a supportive workplace environment that values learning and development.
Mentors and mentees can avoid any complications in their relationship by clearly identifying boundaries, being clear about time constraints, giving the best times to be reached, preferred communication method and continually evaluate how well the purpose and goals of the mentoring relationship are being met.
A workplace environment that supports a mentoring culture realizes many benefits including: