Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New Hire Mentor Programs

New Hire Mentor Programs

Not knowing is scary for new hires. But you can remove that fear with a new hire mentor program.

The biggest benefit is that it accelerates the learning curve of the new hire. Rather than simply throwing a lot of new information and a new context at a new hire, mentoring helps acclimatize a new hire to their new situation, culture, and job.

That part about lack of context is important. Your new hires don’t know the culture of your organization because they haven’t become a part of it – yet. Because of this, there’s no structure into which they can put the new information they’re being given.

This is a big problem. It’s natural for human beings to see patterns and create structures – and it’s imperative that you give them that structure to prevent a very slow assimilation of that very vital information you need them to understand before they can start being productive in their new jobs.

Get Rid Of Your New Hires’ Fear Through Mentoring

Every other benefit of using mentoring to support your onboarding processes follows from this acceleration of the learning curve, including:

  • They'll feel better about their start in the organization
  • Their self-confidence relative to their new job will increase
  • They'll have a higher level of connection to and engagement with the organization 
  • They'll feel that the organization genuinely cares about them and that they get off to a good start
  • They'll engage and settle into the established organizational culture

And as you can see, these too are no small benefits.

Maya Angelou once said that people will forget what you said or did, but they don’t forget how you make them feel. How you make your new hires feel on first impression is perhaps the most important part of setting the stage for their decision to stay with you for a long time to come – so make sure you set the stage correctly.

Check out the other blogs in our mentoring for onboarding series by mentoring training expert Judy Corner.

Or if you'd like more information about how to start a new hire mentoring program, see


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