Attracting and retaining employees has proved a challenge in the wake of unprecedented levels of employee resignations and an increased desire for hybrid or work-from-home options. Mentorship is crucial to ensuring the success of newcomers: it provides opportunities for emulation, fosters employee relationships, and encourages integration with company values.

  1. Mentoring is different from Managing: The most critical element of becoming a mentor is getting to know the mentee on a personal basis.
  2. Be Non-Judgmental When Offering Help: Being there to support your mentee in the moments during which they doubt their own abilities is essential to fostering their growth rather than their downfall
  3. Be Intentional with Your Time: Mentors need to deliberately seek out the younger employees, take time, and be available to them.
  4. Culture is King: Make sure your mentee is familiar with school values
  5. Familiarize Newcomers with the Entire Company: Assimilating into a new or first company can be challenging and intimidating for a younger, less experienced employee.When mentoring is taken seriously, the positive impact on all parties involved cannot be understated.


    Acknowledgement: Ryan Campagna, “5 Mentorship Tips for Recruitment and Retention” in CFO, August 2022

    This is an amended version of the article in a recent issue the Principal’s Digest.