Mentoring is an age-old concept – perhaps as old as learning itself. With the emergence of technological innovations, providing guided learning through online software or tools has broadened. This phenomenon of transmission of knowledge through online software is known as e-mentoring.
Social networking sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook are undeniably popular among the new generation of employees. Thus, they pose immense potential for you to connect your employees to mentors not only from your organization but also from outside. They enhance connectedness and provide informal and intimate learning environments. Therefore, harness their power to achieve tangible results for your business.
Here are a few tips:
Set a Purpose for Learning
The fundamental problem with social networking technologies is that they have not been designed to promote corporate learning. They are for people to connect with their near and dear ones from a distance. So, set a purpose for your employees. It will give them direction and an objective to fulfill.
Ensure that social networking sites are accessible to all your employees. In fact, the social networking site Twitter can provide instant access to your employees. Divide your employees into various learning communities depending on their learning needs and the type of learning required. Accordingly, create accounts for each group and make them accessible. However, ensure that these groups can connect to other groups in case of cross-functional learning needs.
It is very difficult to decide who a genuine expert is to mentor others. However, here you can provide an opportunity for everyone to make their expertise available by providing solutions for various situations. Thus, people can connect to a wide range of experts in their field instead of depending only on one mentor. This will add to their learning opportunities.
Maintain Situational Mentoring
Let your mentees with a specific learning pose a question and elicit responses. If the suggestions coming from different experts vary, let them discuss their views with consistent interaction. This is an effective way to bring quick solutions.
E-mentoring should not be reserved for a particular group in the organization. It should be widened to accommodate all your employees. Social networking can be an effective tool to provide mentoring for all your employees. However, social networking without intentionality can turn your efforts directionless. Therefore, set a purpose for your mentoring group to derive maximum results for your business.
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