Incorporating professional development opportunities into your onboarding process is a good way to address both of these issues at the same time. Through mentorship, SMART objectives, career paths, cross-training, and relevant educational opportunities, you can turn your onboarding process from a series of dull administrative tasks into an energizing experience for new hires.
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Set Clear Objectives
The mentor and the new hire should sit down together to establish clear SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely) goals. The mentoring relationship should center on the achievement of these goals.
Establish a Schedule Mentors and mentees should meet on a regular basis to formally review progress to date and next steps. The mentoring relationship should also include a strong informal component, as the new hire should be able to approach their mentor any time with questions or concerns. Formal meetings, however, ensure the program stays on track.
Train Your Mentors
If possible, put potential mentors through their own training programs in advance of pairing them with new hires. You’ll see better results from the program if your mentors are well versed in effective mentoring techniques.