Coaching and mentoring services as learning tools in the workplace that can lead to empowering your employees. The employees who are coached and mentored often receive the greatest benefit, but the coach or mentor also benefits and may feel a sense of empowerment from the relationship. Understanding the dynamics and outcomes of this type of workplace learning strategy helps you evaluate the need for a coaching program in your small business.
Coaching and mentoring gives new employees a hands-on training program to learn job expectations. Instead of throwing a new employee right into the position, he gets a support system and an interactive learning situation that may engender more on-the-job confidence. Mentored employees may often feel a greater sense of understanding of what is required of them in their jobs because they get one-on-one job training, support and the advice of an experienced employee. When an employee receives this kind of personalized training, he may feel empowered to fully perform his job duties.
Coaching and mentoring often includes goal setting for the employee. The mentor helps the new employee set specific goals related to the job. The two work together to create a plan to reach those goals. Mentors can customize objectives and support that that employee needs for this particular role. The mentor is also available as a resource if the new employee needs support along the way to be successful. Having a set of challenging goals is motivating and empowers the employee to work beyond the minimum requirements.
A mentor provides support for a new employee, but the ultimate goal is to empower the employee to work independently with the skills she has learned. The ability to work successfully on her own brings a sense of empowerment as she gains independence in the workplace. While employees feel confident to work independently, the mentoring program creates a sense of teamwork and often boosts morale for your employees. This positive work environment continues to empower employees in their work.
Coach or Mentor Empowerment
The experienced employee who serves as the coach or mentor is able to show his knowledge and skill in the industry. This added challenge can boost his confidence and give him a sense of empowerment in his own work. In some cases, the employee he mentors pushes him to learn new skills in the industry. The collaboration between coach and mentor can lead to new ideas and achievements to aid them both in succeeding.