Organisational Development

Guidance for mentors

Learn more about the role of the mentor and how it can help you grow personally and professionally.

Why mentor?

Mentoring offers many benefits to both mentor and mentee. Mentors often experience a sense of satisfaction in supporting other colleagues or ‘giving back’ to their workplace.

Other benefits include:

  • opportunities to develop as a mentor, listener and supportive individual
  • new ideas and perspectives
  • resources and insights that can be used in your main role
  • an extended network of contacts
  • a sense of recognition

Professor Gail Davey on the benefits of being a mentor

What is your role as a mentor?

Within the mentor/mentee relationship, effective mentors will:

  • establish the ground rules and expectations of the mentoring arrangement
  • maintain confidentiality
  • create a supportive environment and build rapport
  • listen actively
  • question effectively
  • offer constructive feedback
  • share experiences and provide advice

Dr Stefano Caserta on typical issues in mentoring

Next steps

Contact us

Organisational Development
Human Resources
Sussex House
T 01273 606755 ext 4806

Download our handy guide

Guide for Mentors [PDF 2.36MB]