Why you need an employee mentorship scheme
Employees are key to the success of any business. Businesses therefore need to ensure that every employee has the option to grow in their role and progress in their career as a whole.
Mentorship programs are a great way to do this. They show employees that their employer is willing to invest in them, which leads to happier employees and a lower employee turnover.
For mentors and mentees it’s a win-win – mentors get to work on their leadership skills and reinforce their knowledge, while mentees get to expand their knowledge and reach new objectives.
For busy mentors and mentees, though, finding the right time to meet during a busy working day is almost as difficult as finding room in the office fridge.
The right connection means the right progression
Connecting mentors and mentees from different teams can be a hassle for HR departments. Finding an employee who has the time to mentor someone often results in lengthy phone calls or long email chains. That means it takes longer for mentors and mentees to reap the benefits of these important schemes.
A mentorship platform cuts out the need for a middle person, making it easier for mentees to find mentors. Mentees can search for a mentor based on their skillset. They can then book time with the person most likely to help them with the area(s) they wish to improve on.
Mentors, meanwhile, can use their time with mentees to improve their leadership skills and get feedback on areas they need to work on.
HR systems today need to have the employee front and center and must require minimal training. Leveraging chat systems and native interfaces like calendars provide people with natural user experiences that just work wherever they are.
CTO - MHR
How to make scheduling simple
The Cronofy Calendar API works with your HR software to make it easy for mentors and mentees to find time to meet.
It connects your software to your users’ calendars, allowing mentees to see their mentor’s real-time availability. This can be as simple as their free/busy data, which means that private appointments stay private.
This information can then be used to book a time that’s guaranteed not to clash with the mentor’s prior appointments.
There’s no more need for long email chains or wasting precious time on the phone to find a mutually convenient time. Everything can be organized in just a few seconds.
Create a culture of learning
Mentorship is a key part of an employees’ development within a company. That’s why it’s crucial that it’s a simple, seamless process for mentees to meet with their mentors.
The easier this process is, the more likely they are to take advantage of it and the more rewards they’ll reap.
With Cronofy, we achieved the calendar integrations we thought would take months in just a few days.
Co-Founder and CTO - PeopleGrove