Nothing is more satisfying than transferring your experience and knowledge to those who come after you. Finding people to mentor at work can help you accomplish this and ensure that it pays off for your company in a big way. To find people to mentor where you work, consider the following tips.
Let People Know That You Are Open to the Idea
You can always let it be known to higher-ups and colleagues that you’re open to mentoring someone if they know of anyone or someone asks. This way, if they know someone, they can make recommendations to them to ask you.
Be Welcoming to New Employees
You want to be someone that new employees know that they can come to for advice and honest help. So many times these days, people are afraid to ask questions or appear stupid. They have the "fake it till you make it" mentality, which sometimes is good but sometimes leads to mistakes due to the fear of asking.
Go to Your Company’s Networking Events
Part of being open and welcoming is to ensure that you are available. Go to your company’s networking events and make sure to invite newbies out to lunch one-on-one to get to know people. The more you network, and the more open you are, the better. Plus, if people like you and trust you enough to ask, that helps too.
Offer Advice to People Who Ask
When a new person asks questions of you, be open to offering them professional advice. You know your path, but you also know that today young people often have different ideas and different paths. But, you also know your company culture and you can share it with them to help them succeed.
Start a Mentoring Program at your Workplace
You can get more formal about this. If your workplace doesn’t have a mentoring program in place, you can set up one. You can create template contracts for mentors and mentees, and create a list with contact information of mentors so that mentees can send a formal letter asking the mentor to work with them.
As a Relationship Evolves, Make an Offer
Most of the time a mentee is the one who asks someone to be the mentor. But, if you’ve been helping someone for some time without a formal arrangement, you might want to take it further by setting up a formal mentorship with them to help it work better.
Being a mentor is a huge responsibility so don’t take it lightly. Ensure that you’re ready to take on this role. You will not be paid in money, but you will be paid in the satisfaction of helping someone become a more confident person at work. Being a mentor will help give you a fresh view of your work through the eyes of someone full of hope, and will help you get more satisfaction from your job in return.