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Mentoring Talent: Developing Workforce Potential

At any given organization, the typical employee pool is made up of people with different levels of ability, varying degrees of motivation, and assorted work ethics. Finding individuals with superior potential can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. But identifying these employees and fastracking them for success is essential to building an effective workforce motivated to see the company succeed.

Year after year, organizations spend copious amounts of money and resources searching for top talent. Employing the services of staffing and recruiting firms has become the norm. But what many company’s don’t realize is that the talent they are searching for likely already exists within the organization. They just need the right …to coax it out.  

By employing mentors, you take the recruiting away from third parties and bring it in-house. Instead of spending money searching for outside talent identified by others, you direct the investment where in counts: in developing your own employees and encouraging the hidden gems to shine.

How does having a mentor help?

With their years of experience working with all sorts of people with differing personalities and skill levels, mentors are uniquely equipped for the purpose of pinpointing high-potential employees and separating them from the crowd.

The goal of mentoring is to develop a mentee’s personal and professional life. A key step in the process is identifying areas of strength and unique skills in order to gauge the potential of individual mentees.

Many organizations are prone to reward and promote employees who shine amongst their peers, whether that’s through demonstrated leadership or performance that exceeds expectations. The problem is that there is no real means of positioning employees with the support and resources they need to shine, which means that internal advancements like these can be few and far between. 

There may be cases where exceptional employees are too afraid to stand out or unsure of how their particular areas of strength fit into the organization. Instead of striving for excellence, they choose to keep their heads down and do only what is asked of them. Their potential goes unnoticed and undeveloped, leading managers to seek outside the organization for talent.

This is where a mentor’s guidance is of the utmost importance. It can tap hidden potential and help mentees use that potential to advance their careers and the success of the company.

Isn't internal training enough?

One of the major benefits of a good mentoring program is that mentees are groomed to develop individual skill sets and simultaneously enhance their productivity. Mentoring therefore saves time and effort as compared to traditional training methods or training through manuals.

Mentors are individuals with years of hands-on experience in their respective fields. Their guidance is unique and targeted compared to that of a non-personalized training program. This makes mentoring far superior to theoretical training.

The result?

The relationships forged through mentoring encourages employees to invest time in themselves and helps them find the motivation to develop their potential and stand out among their peers. Mentees gain a solid idea of how their individual skills can be applied within the workplace, empowering them to make their best contributions where they are most needed.

As motivated employees are put to task, they perform better than their counterparts and become keen to scale up the ladder to success. Employees who realize their potential experience a happier state of mind and are glad to provide more input at work.

Motivation is key to employee engagement, and employees are most motivated when they are working within their true potential. Mentors help them reach that level through targeted guidance, skills development, and encouragement. Don’t waste the potential you have lurking within your workforce by seeking talent outside the company. Instead, employe mentors to find the needle in the haystack. 

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