Mentoring programs are a very useful tool for training new talent.  In fact, a good mentoring program can even help attract new talent interested in working for a company that can help them advance and grow in their career.  Companies with mentoring programs often have a stronger team as new employees develop relationships with senior employees.  Furthermore, companies save time and money on training efforts when new hires are paired with a mentor to help develop their skills.  All in all, the company is left with a well-trained workforce that feels supported in their advancement within the company.

Employees also benefit from the mentoring relationship.  Busy managers with large teams can’t always give an immediate response to questions; however, mentors can be more readily available.  When new trainees are able to have their needs addressed immediately, they learn more quickly.  Another benefit of a strong mentoring program is that it can enhance the leadership skills of the mentors.  Mentors that are working on imparting knowledge learn to be teachers and leaders in the process.

Mentoring programs have also proven to soften departmental barriers and increase team work within the workforce.  It can also boost morale by strengthening relationships between employees while at the same time fostering a sense of success as a team and as an individual employee.  Successful mentoring programs bring great benefits to mentors, mentees and the company itself!

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