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  • 20 Ideas for Workplace Mentoring Activities

    Follow these 20 tips to help you create a positive and helpful mentoring relationship in your work environment:

    1. Identify goals
    2. Create a mentoring action plan
    3. Address mentee challenges
    4. role play
    5. Job shadow
    6. Provide networking opportunities
    7. Provide oral feedback
    8. Provide written feedback
    9. Read up and share your thoughts
    10. Share career history
    11. Review your CVS
    12. Suggest other reading
    13. Team up and network together
    14. Create a vision statement
    15. Be a coach - focus on strengths
    16. Regularly review goals
    17. Discuss interpersonal skills
    18. Be a coach - target weakness
    19. Consider volunteer work
    20. Close the loop

    From aspirecambridge.co.uk

  • 4 Tips For Retaining College Graduates

    Here are four ideas to help you turn your newly-hired college gradutes into successful employees through mentoring:

    1) Set Expectations - "By approaching onboarding using personalization, employers can better teach college graduates about the organization during their first crucial days as employees."

    2) Continue Their Learning - "Lessen confusion and make the transition earlier by assigning a lead contact for all educational needs. New college graduates will appreciate the consistency and support as they grow both professionally and personally with learning opportunities."

    3) Give Individualized Attention - "If setting up meetings between new hires and your company CEO isn’t always possible, sit down with company leaders to decide who would be best to meet initially with each grad. While employees will feel important and "heard," the company itself will be better prepared to help each person reach goals through specific training and mentoring."

    4) Measure Results - "Talk to team members about what they found most important, challenging and even frustrating during the onboarding process. Use their answers to guide what metrics you'll subsequently use to measure recent grads’ satisfaction and assess how they’re perceiving company goals, expectations and culture."

    From "Stop Chasing College Graduates Away: Instead, Employ These 4 Tips" by Heather Huhman from Entrepreneur.com. https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/295924

  • If You're a Mentor, Be Like Yoda

    From "6 Things Great Mentors Do Differently" by Sujan Patel:

    Great mentors invest in the success of their mentees and, often, that means pushing them beyond their expectations. An article from Kauffman Entrepreneurs ties this one back to one of pop culture's greatest examples of mentorship, the Star Wars character, Yoda:

    "Yoda sets out one challenge after another for Luke to help Luke manage himself better, hone his skills and more fully appreciate his responsibilities to use The Force for good."

    Takeaway: If you're a mentor, be like Yoda. Always expect more from your mentees. They may not know what they're capable of otherwise.

    Read more here: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/289021

  • Maintaining Dignity, Respect, Professionalism and Ethical Treatment in a Mentoring Relationship

    "Maintain high standards of ethics and professionalism: Mentors and mentees must strive to uphold appropriate ethical behavior as professionals." 

    Best practices for ethics and professionalism in a mentoring realtionship:

    • Promote mutual respect and trust
    • Maintain confidentiality
    • Be diligent in providing knowledge, wisdom, and developmental support
    • Carefully frame advice and feedback so it is well-received and constructive

    From Amy Greil's "A Story of Mentoring" found online at http://www.kenoshanews.com/news/amy_greil_a_story_of_mentoring_493097750.php

  • Taking Initiative to Plan Meetings

    In your mentoring relationship, try to take initiative by contacting your mentor or mentee first to plan a meeting. Once your meeting time is set, don't change it unless an emergency arises. This shows that you respect the relationship, and that you value your mentor's/mentee's time and presence.