Keeping mentees motivated can be just as important—and just as challenging—for a mentor as passing on knowledge and skills. Mentees are often enthusiastic at the start, but for varying reasons, they can get burnt out, discouraged, or even lose interest in continuing a mentorship. That’s when the timely guidance and encouragement of a mentor can sustain good results and keep the mentee engaged.
A mentee can end up checking out of the relationship due to work-related pressures, competing responsibilities, or even a lack of effort on the mentor’s part to keep the relationship consistent and engaging. Whatever the reason, it’s important to notice the signs of a mentee that is losing interest and make the necessary changes to save the relationship.
So what are some of the signs of a disengaged mentee? Below are a few of the most common red flags:
Uncommunicative: Your mentee no longer sends regular updates on their progress, and communication is sporadic and irregular.
Disengaged: When your mentee does take the time to check in, they don’t have much to report or any questions to ask. This indicates that the mentorship has not been a priority for them.
Unreliable: Your mentee has begun to miss scheduled meetings and task completion dates. Their inconsistency shows they are no longer taking the mentorship seriously.
If you do end up with a waning mentorship on your hands, your next step after recognizing the signs is to make the changes necessary to turn the relationship around. A slowly disengaging mentee needs to be motivated regularly and their progress needs to be highlighted on a regular basis.
Maintaining a strong and sustainable relationship with your mentee can be an easy task if these simple yet powerful points are kept in mind:
- Encourage your mentee to initiate conversations about progress and development from time-to-time.
- Plan your activities well in advance and keep a written schedule so that both parties are in sync.
- Change the style of meetings once in a while to break the monotony and keep your interactions interesting and engaging. You might alternate the format you use for meetings, such as phone, video, or email conferencing.
- Ensure that your mentee is aware of your confidentiality so as to encourage transparency in communication and motivate honesty.
- Encourage your mentee to revisit goal statements and long-term plans on a regular basis and make adjustments to them based on progress and new knowledge gained.
- Clearly state your expectations from the beginning and find out what expectations your mentee has.
These points may seem simple and intuitive, but they often get overlooked, and they can mean the difference between a mentee who is fully engaged and one who has completely checked out. Taking the time to incorporate these practices into your mentorship will ensure that your mentee remains enthusiastic and productive throughout the relationship.
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