Common Challenges in Mentoring Relationships

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Instructor: Savannah Samoszuk

Savannah has over eight years of hotel management experience and has a master's degree in leadership.

Companies are finding that implementing mentor programs can have a positive impact; however, there are common challenges that arise in mentoring relationships. This lesson will take a look at those challenges.

Mentoring Relationships at Work

Many companies are creating and implementing mentor programs to help bridge the gap between their high performing employees and their average performing employees. A mentor relationship is when a more experienced employee advises and coaches a newer employee. The ideal of the mentor relationship is to give the mentor a chance to share his experience with another person at the company. The mentee can be someone who is newer to the company, or someone who needs more development. While mentoring relationships can have benefits such as higher performance, leadership opportunities, and building employee morale, there can also be challenges. Some of the common challenges in mentoring relationships include challenges with the program, lack of commitment, or challenges with compatibility.

Mentor Program Challenges

One of the biggest challenges companies can face with mentoring relationships is with the program itself. If the mentor program is not created and implemented in the right way, it will affect the mentor relationships and create challenges.

If the right mentors are not selected, then it can lead to ineffective mentor relationships. For example, Jamie has been working at ABC Products for less than three months, and she is selected as a mentor for the company. Unfortunately, while Jamie has great skills in her role, she does not know the company culture or processes very well. Jamie is struggling to mentor a newer employee because she is new herself. The person being mentored in this situation may feel like he is not receiving anything valuable from the mentor relationship, and this is a problem.

Mentors also need to be trained in order to develop effective mentor relationships. The mentors need to know the purpose of what they are doing, and clear goals have to be set. This information then needs to be relayed to the mentee. Overall, the mentor program needs to be developed in such a way that fosters productive mentor relationships.

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