Mentoring in the Workplace

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Some major business executives may say that earlier in their career they established a mentor relationship that helped them to get to where they are in their career. Research has shown that this statement can be true for some executives but not for all. Some experts believe that just having mentor relationships can or cannot affect someone’s career path and development. The purpose of this paper is to explain exactly what mentoring is and how it successful works within the workplace environment. Using support from various scholarly articles, I was able to discuss define the concept of mentoring and how it relates within the workplace setting. Using this concept, I establish the role of the mentor and mentee in regards to the mentor relationship, and explain how their roles have an impact on the outcome of the relationships itself. Within this paper you are introduced to the dynamics that are involved when actually establishing a mentoring program within an organization. I also discuss in detail the two different types of mentoring relationships and their affect on the workplace. In addition to the types of mentor relationships discussion, the influence of mentoring relationships on career success and corporate culture is revealed. This paper also expresses the difficulties that minorities and women have when it comes to them establishing mentor relationships within their own workplaces. Finally, I give my own personal insight as to how an effective mentoring program is established and maintained by using the mentoring program that my company has established since its 30 years of being in existence.

Mentoring in the Workplace

Within the past thirty years, the concept of mentoring has progressed into a career enhancement tool for many in the workplace. The concept dates back all the way to Ancient Greek times with King Odysseus when he appointed an advisor to look after his son while he was away (Hegstad, 1999, p.383). The role of a mentor has not changed much since then, but has now transformed the role of executives in the workplace. There are varying opinions when it comes to discussing how successful mentoring is within the work environment. The concept of mentoring is defined differently among various workplaces. The mentor and mentee each play a different role and each have goals they would like to accomplish from the mentoring relationship. Often time women and minorities find it difficult to gain the appropriate mentoring relationships. Mentoring in the workplace is multifaceted because it depends on the individuals involved as well as the organization. The Mentor and Mentee

The definition of a mentor depends on the person, but the Webster dictionary defines mentor as “a trusted counselor or guide,” while it defines mentee as “one who is being mentored.” Each word together establishes the concept of mentoring. The roles of mentor and mentee differ but they each have a common goal they would like to achieve. Within the workplace, mentors are there to support up and coming professionals by sharing their own knowledge and experiences with these professionals. Mentors are supposed to be role models and be able to provide psychological support (Janasz, Sullivan, & Whiting, 2003, p.83). When beginning a mentoring relationship a mentor must first complete a “personal inventory and assess their current skills set” (Moore, Miller, Pitchford & Jeng, 2008, p. 79). Mentors must understand and identify with themselves fully before they decide to make a commitment to begin a mentoring relationship. According to Hegstand (1999), within the workplace a mentor is someone that is there to assist a person with their career development as a supporter or advocate (p.384). A mentor is there as a guide and not as someone that is there to make the decision for a person’s career. Before a mentoring relationship is established the mentee and mentor have to determine what particular goals they would like to...
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