What is Mentoring?
‘Mentoring’ refers to helping another individual with one’s own skills, knowledge and expertise which has been gained via hands-on experience. With respect to HR, it is concerned with helping an employee improve their skills and expertise that are required in the workplace by requesting a senior to be a mentor.
Ideally, a mentoring program should pay attention to the trust and relationship between the mentor and mentee as it helps in sharing knowledge easier. Similarly, it also involves motivating the mentee to identify their own personal strengths and create new techniques of completing a task instead of following the mentor blindly.
The inherent difference between coaching and mentoring is that the coaches don’t necessarily have hands-on experience always on the topic at hand. However, the mentors would have extensive experience on their subject matter and hence, would be able to mentor them better.