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Broadening the benefits of mentoring

Mentoring Programs that Benefit Both Sides

A senior staff member imparting knowledge and offering advice to a less-seasoned worker has long been the model for mentoring arrangements in business. Now, however, more employers are offering mentoring opportunities aimed at employees at any level in the firm.

One factor prompting this change is the multigenerational workforce. With Baby boomers through to Millennials in the workforce, employers can benefit from the diversity a multigenerational workforce provides. Every generation can offer unique professional development opportunities to their counterparts — and nontraditional mentoring can help to nurture this mutual exchange.

Some firms have embraced arrangements such as “reverse” mentoring, where junior employees take the lead in mentoring senior staff, and peer-to-peer mentoring programs. Through these less-traditional relationships, employees have been able to demonstrate how they can provide value to the business in ways beyond their basic job description — and regardless of their experience level.

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Robert Half Management Resources
Robert Half Management Resources is a provider of senior-level accounting, finance and business systems professionals to supplement companies’ project and interim staffing needs. With more than 150 locations worldwide, it offers assistance to hiring managers and consultants. roberthalfmr.com
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