ASKING YOUNGER RECRUITS to coach senior members of staff seems like a bit of a novel approach to team-building, but apparently it’s the ‘in’ thing to do in the corporate world right now.
In a column published by Fora, Alistair Cox, the CEO of recruitment agency Hays, argued that so-called ‘reverse mentoring’ schemes help create “a more diverse workforce and a more inclusive employment model”.
As well as providing more experienced staff with a fresh perspective, the method helps send a clear message to all employees that learning is a life-long thing.
But there are risks to ‘reverse mentoring’. For example, it can stoke sensitivities around seniority. Some execs might happily be mentored by a just-out-of-college greenhorn, but others might find the process patronising.
With that in mind, we’re asking Fora readers this week: Would you get junior staff to mentor senior management?