Reverse mentoring: young workers are helping companies overcome new challenges
Many companies are facing high rates of employee turnover particularly among junior team members, with millennials being the demographic most likely to leave their jobs. Senior leaders often fail to understand and address the concerns and needs of younger team members, and this is where reverse mentorship comes in. 🔄
This article explores the value of reverse mentoring particularly in our post-pandemic work environments, looking at how it can help companies overcome the new challenges of hybrid working and “unpick stereotypes that underpin generational divides.” 🙋
Reverse mentorship, while not solely based on age, tends to be when a less experienced individual mentors someone more senior. Thus, flipping the traditional mentor-mentee relationship, where the older and more experienced person acts as a mentor, on its head.
The goal is to help senior colleagues gain new insights and perspectives on ways to improve their employee engagement and even their business more broadly, develop new skills and connect with the younger generation. It also helps junior team members develop their own leadership skills and confidence. ✅
Seeing the world through a different perspective and dimension, whether it be generation, experience, gender or ethnicity, can be invaluable to both parties. It’s a great way to encourage good working relationships, ensure active listening, learning and an open dialogue throughout the team. 🙌