If you want to get the most out of your new employees and help them strive for their highest potential, it’s critical to make sure that each and every one of them is paired with a mentor on their very first day on the job.
What is mentoring, really?
Mentoring is generally defined as a professional relationship wherein a more experienced employee (the mentor) helps a newer, more inexperienced employee (the mentee) develop skills needed for the job or position they’re in.
Mentors can help new or inexperienced employees absorb the cultural and social norms of the organization, as well as helping them for future roles and opportunities within the dealership.
Mentors can also take on an evaluative role, assessing a new employee’s integration into their new role and helping them navigate any learning curves that come with the position.
It’s absolutely crucial that you promptly pair each new employee with a mentor as soon as you decide to bring them on to your team, because:
- A mentor can help a new employee assimilate more easily into company culture, allowing for a quicker and easier transition into a new organizational workforce.
- A mentorship will allow the mentee to develop relevant skills more quickly by learning from both the mentor’s successes and their mistakes.
- A mentor can guide the new employee away from bad ideas or ideas that are not aligned with the organizational objectives, and help strengthen those with real potential.
- A mentor can help the new hire overcome workplace obstacles and learn how to deal with them as the come.
Providing each new employee with a mentor boosts the employee’s potential and also increases their likelihood of positively contributing to the dealership’s success.
Mentoring shows that the organization cares about its employees and wants to see them succeed, and fostering mentorships helps get the workforce more engaged.
But the benefits of pairing new employees with a mentor go still further: It can also positively impact the mentor.
In a 2013 study published in the Journal of Vocational Behavior, employees who acted as mentors to their new or less-experienced coworkers reported higher job satisfaction and a stronger commitment to their employer.
A mentorship can also influence employee retention right off the bat: Whether or not a company can successfully address a new employee’s career and personal goals it can make or break their desire to stay with the organization for longer.
Mentoring is a good way for the organization and the new employee to become mutually acquainted, and it allows the mentor to recognize and resolve any early signs of turnover.
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About the author: Jason Volny is a writer, professional speaker, and National Training Manager for DrivingSales HCM.