How mentorship can transform the workplace
Today we’re recognising and celebrating the benefits of mentoring for National Mentoring Day. To mark the occasion, we’re sharing the success of our company Buddy Scheme at Corecom Consulting, launched by our inspirational Managing Director, Jonathan Sanderson. Jonathan is a dedicated mentor himself, supporting students at local universities, previously homeless people at the charity, Emmaus Leeds, and employees at Corecom Consulting. He was crowned ‘Recruitment Boss of the Year’ (MARA Awards 2017) for his commitment to society and the industry, was a finalist for ‘Company Leader’ at the Yorkshire Leadership Awards 2018 and has recently been shortlisted for ‘Leader of the Year’ at the prestigious Investors in People Awards 2019.
Jonathan launched the Buddy Scheme at the beginning of last year with the objective of enabling new starters and our more junior employees to gain help, support and advice from our more senior staff members.
Jonathan Sanderson, Managing Director at Corecom Consulting, said:
“The Buddy Scheme is an initiative which has been introduced to benefit both the mentee and the mentor. The mentee receives accelerated learning benefits, inspiration and motivation, which in turn leads to increased confidence and self-esteem. The mentor receives fulfilment through sharing knowledge and supporting in the social and economic progress of the mentee.
“I encourage mentees to use their mentors to gain developmental advice, for help with work issues, and to even discuss personal problems outside of work.”
Adam Hyams, Recruitment Consultant at Corecom Consulting, said:
“The buddy system at Corecom has been invaluable – having a senior figure with the knowledge, knowhow and understanding to ensure I’m on the right track has enabled me to get the right answers to the questions I have, great advice for any situation and a much better understanding of how to succeed.”
Do you have the attributes to be a good mentor?
If you display these six key qualities, then you do:
- Be able to listen and problem solve
- Be able to create a measurable plan that helps the mentee achieve their goals
- Be encouraging, positive and enthusiastic
- Have experience and expertise to pass on to the mentee
- Be able to use case studies and stories from past experiences as examples to help you teach
- Be willing to learn from the mentee too (mentors are also likely to learn something new)
Improve the mental health and wellbeing of your employees by implementing a mentoring scheme. For further advice and guidance visit our Employer Centre.