Workplace mentoring benefits all employees, with and without disabilities, as well as employers. Both formal and informal mentoring programs can improve employees’ supervisory skills and job satisfaction, and promote a positive corporate image. Like internships, mentoring programs can also be an effective employee recruitment and retention tool, helping to identify future talent for the organization.

Mentoring enables new employees and those with limited work experience to understand the organization more quickly and build skills and knowledge in a supportive environment.

Organizational benefits of mentoring include:

  • Increased organizational diversity
  • Workplace culture of team-building, collaboration
  • Reduced turnover
  • Transfer of organizational knowledge
  • Development of mentor’s leadership skills

Employee benefits include:

  • Structured way to get acquainted with the organization
  • Easier transition into the workplace
  • Increased self-awareness and self-discipline
  • Expanded leadership capabilities and understanding of diverse workers
  • Enhanced opportunities for career advancement
  • New opportunities to share ideas, try new skills, and take risks
  • Improved awareness of personal biases, assumptions, and identification of areas for improvement
  • Extended collaboration among employees from different generations and cultural backgrounds