22 May Mentoring: The Fast Track to Company Success
It’s time to build an Autobahn for your workforce.
What is speed? It’s the rate by which ideas become actions, and actions become progress. Speed is the rate of relevance for a company, and every company knows that speed is the key to outperforming your competitors. Businesses with mentoring programs know that speed is a potent byproduct of the knowledge transfer process, and can make the difference between nailed it and not even close. Let’s explore a few ways mentoring improves the speed of business by laying down a few fast tracks.
Fast-track your new hires
Inc tells us that a meaningful onboarding experience is critical to winning the war for talent. If your current onboarding experience for new hires is some company swag and a lively lunch with the new team, you’ve got a great start – but you’re far from done. A well-designed mentoring program can spin up your new hires with the greatest effectiveness. Connecting your new recruit to a mentor upon hire ensures that they are given the tools they need for success on Day 1 and that they have someone to turn to when trying to navigate an unfamiliar organizational culture and org chart. New hire mentoring also messages to new talent that their success is worthy of investment, and plants the seeds of long-term loyalty as quickly as possible.
Fast-track your new leaders
Effective leadership isn’t something that happens as a result of experience – we’ve all had that special boss who serves as a vivid reminder of this fact. Strong leadership requires cultivation and effort from multiple parties. Can an individual develop into an effective leader without investment from others? It can certainly happen, but why leave it to chance? Leadership development programs can fast-track your up-and-comers so that when it’s their time to shine, they can step up and deliver. Qualitative connectivity inside the company by way of mentoring means they’ll be ready to deliver faster than you leave professional development up to the individual. And again, the provision of mentorship programming messages clearly that your company is serious about investing in its talent, with the ROI taking the form of a more loyal workforce.
Fast-track problem solving
Mentoring creates more connective tissue within your company, like synapses in the brain. When employees are more familiar with their peers, they know where to turn for expert advice on problems that slow down or paralyze a less interconnected company. They will also feel more comfortable asking for help, as opposed to spinning their wheels – or worse: spinning out – trying to solve an issue on their own. The interconnected workforce is faster to move from thought to action, faster to innovate, and faster to solve challenges that reduce effectiveness. And once again, a well-designed mentoring program makes it clear to the entire team that management is genuinely interested in removing obstacles to dynamic achievement.
So there you have it: three fast lanes designed to increase your company’s speed and relevance brought to you by mentoring. There are numerous others to consider as well, including reverse mentoring, which can fast-track technology adoption among your workforce. You might be thinking that building a mentoring program is complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Partnering with eMentorConnect is your fast track to an effective mentoring program that meets your company’s specific interests. Once implemented, the eMentorConnect team will help you maximize further benefits and help your team hit the gas and head out on the open road.