What It Is
Organized plans that help support employees in the workplace are associated with higher job satisfaction levels, lower employee turnover, and increased employee productivity. Three examples of such plans are employee recognition plans, new employee integration plans, and employee mentorship programs.
Why It Matters
To get started, you can try to find ways to recognize the personal and professional accomplishments of your employees. A program of this type can be fairly simple – it may take the form of a weekly email with top accomplishments, or an employee-of-the-month program, or even just an office celebration of birthdays and other big events in employees’ lives. Remember that professional accomplishments are not necessarily limited to contributions that help the bottom line – employee accomplishments can include taking time to help a coworker, or spending time cleaning and organizing office space, or going out of the way to help a customer. Ask employees to help recognize one another, too – they may know of ways that their coworkers are helping your business effort that you, as a manager, don’t have a chance to see.
As a next step, think about the ways that new employees are integrated into your office culture. Start by polling existing employees – what were the questions and concerns that they had on their first day? Their first week? Their first month? Consider implementing a buddy program that helps welcome new employees by matching them with experienced hands. Maybe the office budget could spring for buddies to go out for an inexpensive lunch in the new employee’s first week in the office. Make sure that new employees and older employees have plenty of opportunities to get to know one another via formal and informal channels.
One advanced step to support employees is to implement an employee mentorship program. Organizational mentorship programs help employers provide employees with opportunity to learn from senior employees who know how to be perform effectively. There are many benefits to your organization including:
- Employee satisfaction – higher job satisfaction leads to increased productivity and reduced turnover.
- Employee retention – new hires that are mentored stay on the job longer than those who do not participate in such program.
- Employee productivity- Employees participating in mentoring programs have an effective mechanism for getting answers quickly, allowing them to move on quickly.
- Career growth/succession planning – mentoring programs provide an effective way to provide a career growth path to your employees. This reduces hiring and turnover costs.
- Knowledge management and retention- allow and encourage these key employees to share their knowledge and skills with other employees. This benefits your business by reducing the risk of loss of key skills and knowledge, and helps reduce the load on the key employees, which reduces staff burnout.
- Synergy – provides opportunity to be productive and to have cross-departmental collaborations.
- Reduce frustration – mentoring provides an avenue for employees to find resources and answers to problems, to empower employees to resolve their problems themselves.
MentorScout.com has more on the benefits of employee mentorship programs
Newswire has more on the increasing number of corporate employee mentorship programs
Examples of mentorship programs for different groups of people (athletes, employees, students, etc.)
Professional Development: The skills required for maintaining a specific career path or enhancing skills through continuing education and personal development; this includes training to keep current with changing technology, practices within a profession, or the concept of lifelong learning.