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.