In our first post of the of the new year, we're going to focus on what else: New Year's resolutions! It may seem odd, the idea of a work related New Year's resolution. However, with no major holidays on the horizon (at least here in the United States) there may not be a better time all year to improve your work habits and outlook.
As companies become flatter and cooperation is more important than ever, one word stands out: MENTORSHIP.
We found a great post by Liza Woods at ManagingAmericans.com that sums the idea and benefits better than we could:
What is Mentorship?
Mentorship is when a more experienced individual challenges a less experienced individual to develop their skills and push their abilities to further their career. It is a mutually respectful relationship where a sense of nurturing & feedback takes place through ongoing, direct communication.
How to Do It?
- Listen to your employee and understand the feedback they individually require to feel understood.
- Understand the short and long-term goals of your employee, providing opportunities to try their hand at tasks that test their abilities in those areas.
- Analyze the work & unique qualities of your employee and provide challenges you believe will both stretch them outside of their comfort zone, as well as convert their qualities into other areas of the business outside of their day-to-day.
- Take the time to get to know your employee. Treat them as a person, not just a means to an end.
- Let them know they are appreciated and ask for their opinion on issues relevant to your department.
- Teach them what you know, even if your work knowledge is not relevant to their activities – your experiences are worth learning from and cut across job boundaries.
- Establish training opportunities from programs or people other than yourself for knowledge that stretches beyond your capabilities.
So there you have it! Whether you are a mentor or a mentee (we suggest you try to do both), really understanding the other person's goals is essential to providing meaningful and actionable feedback. At Weekdone we can help to set goals, track progress, and communicate with each other. However, we can not replace the personal relationship that is necessary for any successful mentoring to occur. Give it a try, and please share your thoughts with us.
Wishing everyone the year to be great for you!