Senior leaders possess valuable tribal knowledge and decades of experience. But understanding millennial employees, shifts in their workforce and the latest technology trends can be challenging. More and more, companies are turning to reverse mentoring, a model that pairs more experienced employees with younger employees in a 1-1 or in a group setting, to strengthen senior leaders and executive teams. Both employees and leaders benefit, with leaders gaining a more nuanced understanding of the millennial workforce and picking up skills that their tech-savvy colleagues consider second nature, while junior millennial employees gain valuable macro-level insights and perspectives.
A reverse mentoring program allows an organization to:
70% of non-millennials say they are open to reverse mentoring.
When a mentoring program includes executives, proving program value is essential. Software makes collecting and compiling program metrics a low effort task with easy-to-use tracking tools and built-in surveys to measure knowledge transfer and make sure program goals are being met.