Mentoring is a process for the informal transmission of knowledge, social capital, and the support perceived by the recipient as relevant to work, career, or professional development; mentoring entails informal communication during a sustained period, between a person who is perceived to have more excellent relevant knowledge, wisdom, or experience (the mentor) and a person who is perceived to have less Through mentoring, we ensure that mentees have access to tools such as training and financial solutions that will help them reach their goals. More importantly, mentoring provides mentees with the guidance and life skills that they need to use these tools to achieve sustainable self-reliance; we also offer virtual mentoring; with today’s technology, there is a suite of communication tools open to this style of mentoring, including Skype, telephone, email and messaging.
Virtual mentoring can be your only option when your workforce is widely dispersed. If you work in a fast-moving high-tech environment, virtual mentoring may seem more appropriate to your culture. The advantages range from providing mentoring access to anyone, anytime, opening mentoring to people working in remote locations who would not otherwise have access to a mentor.
Virtual mentoring can be even more effective than face to face mentoring under certain circumstances. With the ease of mentoring software platforms and the majority of the population now adjusted to video calling, virtual mentoring is more than just a temporary alternative
With virtual mentorship programs, people have more access to a wider variety of participants from various locations and backgrounds. This exposes people to new cultures and ideas, leading to a greater diversity of thought, innovation and development within online mentorship programs.
Identify your goals for the program. ... Choose your mentors. ... Be thoughtful about your matching process. ... Provide guidelines. ... Ensure your program is equitable. ... Plan a successful launch. ... Measure the impact of your program. ... Share the results with the rest of the organization.
The purpose of mentoring is to tap into the existing knowledge, skills, and experience of senior or high performing employees and transfer these skills to newer or less experienced employees to advance their careers. To also connect an individual with a lot of knowledge and experience with someone who hasn’t gained the same knowledge or experience. By having someone who knows more than yourself share advice, offer guidance and be a sounding board for your thoughts, you stand to benefit from experience beyond your own. Whether in your career or life, having a mentor is crucial to our continued growth and development.