Five benefits of assigning new recruits a mentor

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Most companies have some form of induction period for new recruits. Whether this is formal or informal, an induction period is invaluable to help the new employee settle in. What aids the induction period to become even more effective, is assigning the employee a mentor.

The role of a mentor is to provide guidance whether that is on policies and procedures or about the organisational culture. For the mentor they have a sense of job satisfaction, it is a recognition of their efforts to be given responsibility of becoming a mentor. Ideally, the mentor is someone from within the Company and in the same department as the new employee. The mentor shares knowledge and best practice to get the new employee up and running quickly.

A good mentor can also help in the following ways:
  1. Any issues the new employee has with conduct or performance are picked up much quicker and can be dealt with earlier on.
  2. Support and professional development helps the new employee to become part of the team rapidly.
  3. The new employee has a positive view of their new employer and can be comforted to know employees will be supported.
  4. It provides a place where the employee can talk through the problem solving process and have expert advice from a senior colleague.
  5. Fewer mistakes occur which leads to increased productivity.
Having a mentor can increase the morale of employees and reduce staff turnover.

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