LPHR Magazine (March 2013) - Page 45

PRACTICES LPHR 3/13 MENTORSHIP PROGRAMS Mentorship is a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. True mentorship is more than just answering occasional questions or providing assistance getting acclimated. It’s about an ongoing relationship of learning, dialog and challenge. Mentors are helpful regardless of where you are in your career. Whether you are fresh out of college or a few years from retirement, there can always be a driving reason to seek out a mentor, personally or professionally. Having a mentor can elevate your capabilities, while helping to guide you along your path. In organizations, typically Human Resource Professionals oversee a “Mentorship Program” from the sidelines - as a small piece of a larger “Learning and Development” effort. They can help leaders recommend star performers as potential mentors, assign experienced employees to pair up with a newly hired individuals to guide them through the initial period with the company or enlist long term associates as mentors for refresher training skills. This mentor relationship helps to orientate people into your company culture - and also builds a sense of comradery and community among all. Mentors will serve as a “resource guide”, sharing knowledge about job functions across departments. FEATURE ARTICLE | Practices MARCH 2013 | LPRH.CO