Mentoring up: Can junior employees help senior managers improve?
Could your junior workers help your senior managers be better at their jobs?
- Attitudes: A recent article in Fast Company suggests relatively green employees may invigorate those who might have become a little jaded over the years, by rejuvenating their attitudes and stimulating their engagement.
- Cooperation: Encouraging mutually beneficial interactions between upper- and lower-level employees can promote overall cooperation and support, by reminding everyone that they are ultimately on the same team.
- Creativity: Once you have achieved a certain amount of success in your career, it is easy to fall into a rut. Discussing ideas with coworkers outside of your usual circle can give you a creative jumpstart, leading to new ideas and innovations.
- Perspectives: Newer workers may also give you, as a seasoned supervisor or executive, a better handle on what is happening “on the ground” at your company. This may empower you to make better, more strategic and productive administrative decisions.
- Technology: Junior workers are sometimes the first to embrace new technologies, making them great resources for those looking to stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest in the tech world.
There is an art to establishing and facilitating productive mentorship relationships that promote employee development. To ensure these interactions — whether informal or part of an official corporate program — are benefiting both involved parties, as well as the larger company, invest in cost-effective, efficient learning courses through Mastery Technologies.