When it comes to the wisdom that you need to help advance new recruits in their careers, mentors are priceless. They are there to guide and help maximise potential. A mentor will also help to open doors and empower, engage and enable a recruit to focus on strict goals, helping them to realise what they are capable of achieving regardless of the challenges.
Here are some tips for starting up a mentor program:
- Discussions between the mentee and the mentor are confidential.
- Meetings are mentee-driven, so they must take the initiative and do the legwork in the relationship.
- As the mentee, any action points are their responsibility.
- Make it interesting and enjoyable for the mentor; less paperwork, as mentors are usually busy people. All discussions should be fun and goal-focused.
- The mentor will always empower the mentee to make their own decisions and turn them into actions.
- Define the type of help the mentee is looking for in a mentor.
- Establish goals for the mentoring relationship.
- Discuss and agree upon the goals of the relationship and what you, personally, are going to do to make it a successful mentoring relationship.
- Establish communication methods and the frequency of meeting and contact from the beginning.
- Manage expectations and build trust.
Sometimes people don’t even know they need support until they are offered it.
You will see the most value in your property management team if this program is set up properly and both parties invest time and energy to get it right.
Speaking from personal experience as both a mentor and a mentee at LJ Hooker, the investment your team makes in this initiative will come back to them tenfold. When people feel supported, they tend to have more confidence and strength at work; they are happier and look to help others. All of this should go toward longevity and greater productivity in their role. That’s what you call a win-win.
By Penelope Valentine (COO, Rent360) | Source: RPM