January is National Mentoring Month. However, this January we wanted to give a new outlook on this time-honored tradition. Mentoring has positive outcomes for millennials because they are typically at the receiving end of the relationship, but the newest trend is giving the opportunity for the mentee to become the mentor.
Office culture has shifted a bit in the past few years in favor of new techniques. Millennials entering the workforce have brought a whole new revolution into the workplace. Reverse mentoring has become increasing popular in the office. Students are quickly becoming the teachers and are integrating strategies like social media and crowd-sourcing into their operations.
Generation X workers and Baby Boomers are becoming more social media savvy through their interactions with 18-35 year old population. Reverse mentoring means pairing the older workers with younger ones to better educate one another on different aspects of business promotion and communication.
Businesses like Target and UnitedHealth have both adopted Reverse Mentoring in training their new hires. This concept can slow down the negative connotations that some of the older generation may feel towards their techy newcomers.
The concept of 'Managing Up' can help benefit your organization's culture by fostering an atmosphere of cooperation. The younger generation provides a fresh set of eyes on conventional processes, services, and customer acquisition methods. Reverse mentoring,can bolster employee retention and give seasoned team members a sense of appreciation for their millenial counterparts.