The Importance of Mentoring in the Workplace

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Many different components contribute to making a workplace a positive and thriving one. The built environment and the utilization of space is a major factor in promoting collaboration and engagement between associates. Technology and innovation are becoming more and more crucial for businesses who want to attract and retain employees of newer generations. And, creating a unique culture and workplace experience is key when building an environment where associates are happy and successful. 

One of the most important things to consider when thinking about crafting an attractive corporate culture is that there must be room for mentoring in the workplace. In fact, a recent survey conducted by CNBC found that “more than 9 in 10 workers who have a career mentor say that they are happy in their jobs.”  This is more than 91% of those surveyed.

David Longo, Founder, Chairman and CEO of CBI Workplace Solutions says, “Workplace mentoring is something I find extremely valuable for both the mentor and the mentee. Mentoring has always been a large part of CBI’s corporate culture, and our leadership team is encouraged to look for mentoring opportunities in every project, team engagement or experience we offer our associates. We’ve found that workplace mentoring elevates the quality of work we see from our teams, increases productivity, and creates a more positive work environment. There are always opportunities to learn and grow from our peers, and I constantly tell our employees to put themselves in positions to benefit from the knowledge of others.”

In addition to learning from others, a workplace mentoring program can provide benefits like: 

•    More streamlined and effective onboarding of new associates
•    Increased associate retention, professional growth, and development 
•    Teaching opportunities for more senior associates and the chance to hone communication and listening skills
•    Promoting an inclusive corporate culture 
•    Providing training opportunities that will ultimately benefit clients in the long-term

As organizations incorporate more flexibility and remote work into their corporate environments, there are still opportunities to embrace mentoring even if it is not done in person. Our partners at Knoll recently hosted a on this very topic where they discussed mobile mentoring and strategies for engaging and developing employees in a “digital-first” reality. Listen to this talk here and consider the mentoring opportunities that are possible in your organization.

CBI not only helps our clients leverage the built environment to achieve their business goals and objectives, but we can also provide strategic assistance in creating the corporate culture and experiences that will most benefit your associates. Learn more about engaging with us here and let us know how we can help.