Two Types Of Mentoring initiatives

Personal Development

By Kay Fitzgerald
Last Updated November 24, 2020

Mentoring is a flexible concept that should reflect the unique culture of your company

No two mentoring programs should be the same

1. Formal Mentoring

2. Informal Mentoring

Two Types Of Mentoring Activities

Formal mentoring offers endless opportunities. Characteristics of these initiatives include:

1. Goals established
2. Outcomes measured
3. Access open to all that qualify

Formal

Characteristics of these initiatives include:

4. Mentors/mentees paired
5. Training and support provided
6. Mentoring time is limited
7. Organization benefits directly

Formal

Make it easier for your business and staff to get ahead. Characteristics of informal mentoring include:

1. Goals are unspecified
2. Outcomes are unknown
3. Access is limited

Informal

Characteristics of these initiatives include:

4. Mentors/mentees self select
5. No training and support provided
6. Mentoring lasts a long time
7. Organization benefits indirectly

Informal

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