What is mentoring?
A mentor is a person who provides consultation over work-related concerns and mental health support for a junior and an unskilled worker. The role of mentors is quite different from OJT leaders who give specific instructions and support to his/her direct subordinate or junior. A mentor is required to support a junior’s healthy development in a broad context by teaching him/her the responsibility and the mindsets as a member of society for his/her future career development.
Japanese companies focus on developing the mindsets of a subordinate, rather than merely improving specific skills. That is because a subordinate is expected to “work after fully understanding the vision and value of an organization” rather than “work only following instructions”. We recommend the mentoring system for those foreigners who are not familiar with a culture of “developing subordinates” as an effective method of human resources development and management.
Advantages of the mentoring system
Generally, a mentor faces a junior one to one and discusses until his/her dissatisfaction and anxiety is gone. With the mentor’s thorough support, a junior understands tasks very well, completes them properly, and gains good evaluation. Also, a mentor gets stimulated by new perspectives and ideas the younger has. Thus all employees including both of the superior and the junior become highly motivated. Furthermore, mentoring revitalizes communication and strengthens teamwork in an organization. You can expect more. When employees become more satisfied, the rate of people leaving their jobs will be decreased, and excellent human resources will be secured. Furthermore, leaders of the next generation will be developed since the knowledge and experiences will be handed down from generation to generation by the mentoring system.
Various actual cases
In our mentoring training, we provide actual cases of mentoring systems adopted by various types of businesses as samples. How about our mentoring training to employ the mentoring system, an excellent human resources development method?
The number of organizations that have introduced mentors is not so large, but obviously it has been increasing. We have been providing not only training programs on mentors but also advice and consultations on how to utilize mentor system effectively.
Comments from participants
Our trainers have ample experience of training subordinates and juniors as management. All of them are professionals of management. In addition, the hardships in human relationships they have survived made them sympathetic to other people. Our training of mentors have been favorably evaluated because attendees find the trainers' talk on their own experience very useful back in the work place.