Mentoring can have profound benefits for your team members and company culture. A truly effective mentoring relationship can help to create a positive discussion between mentor and mentee that helps team members grow at work, and learn how to manage stress in their personal and professional lives. In addition, mentoring builds the skills we need to grow in any area of our lives.
According to Forbes, mentoring is beneficial for participants and the overall organization. “Mentoring benefits an organization by improving job satisfaction and retention, and aids in the personal and professional development of the mentee.” The same article mentioned a Sun Microsystems study of mentoring, where the following results were seen:
At DEFENDERS, we have always recognized the benefits of mentoring and worked to encourage those relationships, both formally and informally. A mentoring relationship provides benefits for both mentors and mentees and it has helped us support stronger, more successful team members.
Cortney Mundy has been a valued DEFENDERS team member since 2012. She is currently the Director of Marketing Services and credits mentoring as playing a large role in her success.
“In 2016, my leader pushed me into finding a mentor to help me with professional goals. Once I finally gave in and entered into that relationship, I was able to crush all of my development goals. I’ve been promoted to a higher level, I’ve gained more confidence in my ability to communicate and influence (not only my peers but also senior leaders), and I’ve been able to shift from an individual contributor mindset to more of a strategic thinker mentality.”
Mundy’s first official mentor relationship started in 2016. Since then, she has continued to engage in mentoring as both mentor and mentee, and encourages her colleagues to participate if given the opportunity. “A mentor gives you a person outside of your day-to-day routine to just talk to and bounce ideas off of,” Mundy says. It’s nice to get an outsider’s perspective.”
Having input from an individual whose only role is to help can be extremely beneficial from a growth perspective. “Regardless of whether you’re the mentor or the mentee, you’re both learning and growing,” says Mundy. “You’re both getting an opportunity to see a different perspective than your own.”
Whether your focus is on professional or personal growth, mentoring is an asset for any person wanting to reach new heights.
There is always room to grow. Whether you’re an executive leader or an entry-level team member, you can always improve yourself if you’re willing to learn and try new approaches to problem solving. Try the following tips to improve the mentoring relationship:
At DEFENDERS, we are always seeking ways to improve and we recognize the value offered by mentorships. Are you ready to grow?