What is Mentoring?
Mentoring is an informal and supportive relationship whereby a more experienced individual (the mentor) helps a less experienced individual (the mentee) to learn their job and understand its context within the organization.
A mentor can provide support to a mentee in a variety of ways, such as being available to:
- Test ideas and suggestions on
- Point to potential opportunities, provide introductions
- Provide objective advice
- Assist with specific skill improvement
- Explain policies, cultures, values
- Provide constructive feedback
- Express fears and concerns to
- Encourage goals and boost morale
- Challenge assumptions and encourage alternate thinking
What are the Benefits of Mentoring?
Mentorship has many benefits for both the mentee and the mentor, such as:
|For the Mentee||For the Mentor|
|Receive impartial advice and encouragement||Reflect on your own practice|
|Develop a supportive relationship||Enhance your job satisfaction|
|Receive assistance with solving problems||Develop professional relationships|
|Improve self-confidence||Enhance recognition amongst your peers|
|Develop professional and interpersonal skills||Widen your understanding of the organization|
|Reflect on your own practice||Practice interpersonal skills|
Are you interested in receiving mentorship or becoming a mentor?
Please contact us at MedStaffDevelopment@viha.ca
Sources: Coaching and Mentoring, Durham University https://www.dur.ac.uk/hr/mentoring/