The idea behind employee mentoring is to give people an effective way to progress their career, develop their potential and improve their performance.
Ideally the mentor/mentee relationship should be a partnership rather than a formal working relationship. First and foremost the role of the mentor is to listen then ask questions and challenge their ideas, always while providing direction and support.
The partnership should help the mentee identify their ideal career path and development, whilst also giving them the confidence to take responsibility and turn the ideas into reality.
Mentoring can enhance team morale, employee engagement, increase productivity and reduce absenteeism. Giving your employees a chance for personal development allows them to maximise their potential which can only be an asset to your business.