The Advantages of Mentoring Employees

Employee burnout is widespread in most sectors and it’s a reason for employees leaving within a few years of starting. As an employer, you can help your staff by providing them with the support they need to develop and thrive, particularly in the early years. Mentoring has been shown to have a number of benefits…

Employee burnout is widespread in most sectors and it’s a reason for employees leaving within a few years of starting. As an employer, you can help your staff by providing them with the support they need to develop and thrive, particularly in the early years.

Mentoring has been shown to have a number of benefits for employees. Here are just a few of them:

  • Reduction in employee turnover. High staff turnover can be a problem for many employers. This can create an unstable environment, not to mention the additional costs involved in recruiting and training new staff on a regular basis. By offering employees support in the form of a mentor, you can help create a happier, more engaged workforce and reduce the likelihood of your staff leaving.
  • Alleviate stress for employees. Having a mentor to offer guidance and be a sounding board can help reduce job-related stress, allowing for more motivated staff and a more positive working environment overall. Happier staff have a positive effect on other staff and your clients/customers, they also help you create a supportive organisational culture that benefits everyone. Providing mentors also shows your employees that you care about their career development and emotional wellbeing.
  • Improve quality of experience. Mentoring can help your staff do their job more effectively as they learn from more experienced employees. This, in turn, will inevitably increase the quality you offer your existing and future clients/customers.

As an employer you can make a real difference to the future of your staff by taking the time to create and implement a mentoring program.

Many new employees feel overwhelmed when they are just starting out, and with multiple new tasks to deal with, there is often a very steep learning curve involved. Having a more experienced employee to provide support, advice and practical strategies can make all the difference in retaining a new graduate and setting them on a long-term career path.

There are often many jobs available and the fight for quality candidates can be competitive. By offering a mentoring program for your employees and mentioning it during your interview process, you can stand out and attract the highest quality candidates.

If you have an existing recruitment need or would like further support on implementing a mentoring program within your organisation, please contact one of our dedicated construction consultants.