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Mentoring is about building relationships. Through relationships with others from whom we can learn, or who we can help to learn, everyone wins - the mentor, the mentee or "buddy", and the company! Ask your executive staff or more experienced employees how they perceive mentoring could support and build company culture. Use our Mentor's Survey to help gather the information.
Match Mentors with Mentees
Informal mentoring abounds...many people have been informal mentors without fanfare. So the first step in cultivating mentors may be to find out who is already doing it. Finding mentors may be as easy as talking with people about it.
When orienting a new hire, consider pairing the new hire with the person who last held the position and is still available to mentor his or her replacement.