Effective relationships and learning are the mainstays of organizational success. Organizations that find meaningful ways for their employees to connect are more likely to realize greater productivity, enhanced career growth and overall improvement in employee performance. Group mentoring connects employees and advances learning within your organization.
Group Mentoring Is Efficient
Group mentoring affords an organization the opportunity to extend its mentoring efforts and reach more people in a time-efficient manner. It solves the dilemma of mentoring many people when there are not enough qualified mentors in an organization to make one-to-one mentoring matches.
Group mentoring is a way to honor and share the knowledge and expertise of individuals and to provide other employees with exposure to their specific know-how. Group mentoring also avoids the perception of favoritism that can result when there are limited numbers of mentors and many potential mentees. Organizations have found group mentoring to be a welcome alternative to combat mentor fatigue and burnout.
Because group mentoring involves more than two individuals, it promotes diversity of thinking, practice, and understanding. The diversity of perspectives that emerges from group mentoring interaction is a powerful motivator for employee development.
Group mentoring supports individual accountability establishes a more connected workplace and provides a welcome alternative for those who learn better in group settings.
Group Mentoring Contributes to a Vibrant Culture
Group mentoring also contributes to the vibrancy of a mentoring culture, especially when coupled with one-to-one mentoring. It expands the mentoring capacity of the organization and affords the opportunity to move learning to the next level.
What Group Mentoring Is
Group mentoring involves a group of individuals who engage in a mentoring relationship to achieve specific learning goals. There are many ways to approach group mentoring. Three of the most popular are facilitated group mentoring, peer-group mentoring, and team mentoring.