1b. Recognize What Mentoring Is and Is Not
It is important that both you and your mentee understand what does and does not constitute a mentoring relationship, as detailed below:
- Development Tool—It is a development program that grows knowledge, networks, and careers. The process allows more experienced employees to support and develop other HIPO employees.
- Knowledge Sharing Opportunity—It is a process that improves cross-functional knowledge sharing and facilitates the flow of information and ideas throughout the organization.
- Organizational Culture Enhancer—It can help employees better understand the organization’s operations, policies, and culture.
Mentoring Is Not…
- Guarantee of Promotion—A mentoring relationship provides no assurance of promotion or increase in compensation. However, both parties may develop competencies and skills that improve overall job performance.
- Replacement for Formal Development—Mentoring cannot take the place of formal training, but rather should augment formal development activities.
- Management Replacement—The mentor should not take on the responsibilities of the mentee’s manager.
- Employee Assistance Program—Mentoring is not an employee assistance program that provides employees with counseling on personal issues.