Smith, says she’s more engaged, happier and
“It’s important for companies to encourage employees to use mentors for both professional development and personal growth,”
says Mausbach, adding that her ;rm’s mentoring programs underscore its care for workers. She notes, “An employee’s life outside of
work can impact their engagement at work.”
Opportunities for both professional and
personal development are especially sought
by millennials, who now make up the dominant workplace demographic group, says
Ramachandran. “Many want to feel like their
company is aligned with their personal goals
and purpose,” she says.
THESE ORGANIZATIONS OFFER helpful
programs, resources and information
• MicroMentor ( micromentor.org)
• SCORE ( score.org)
• Small Business Development Centers
• MENTOR ( mentoring.org)
Cost savings and easy implementation.
For most small firms, no direct costs are
involved with mentoring. At GTD, where
employees participate in yearlong, con;dential
mentoring in suggested twice-monthly sessions, employees fashion their own connections. So it’s easy to implement.
Increase in skills and improved attitude.
Many employees who communicate with a
mentor or mentors make fewer mistakes and
develop job-speci;c and management/leader-ship skills, not to mention an attitude pick-me-up. As a byproduct, the company’s work
product also improves, says Desmoulin.
“I don’t take metrics o; of our mentorship
program, but my employees are constantly
growing,” he says. “;e reason why GTD is a
profitable company and our clients keep
returning is because of our constant-improve-
ment culture that strives for excellence.”
For all its bene;ts, however, small enter-
prises shouldn’t consider mentoring a pana-
cea for all of their ills. Mentoring is just one
tool in the proverbial tool box.
Still, it could be a critical one. “I wish I had
started mentoring for myself and my company
earlier,” Desmoulin says, “because there is no
doubt about the personal and business bene;ts
both I and my employees receive.” C
Harvey Meyer is a St. Louis Park, Minnesota–
based freelancer who writes for a variety of
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