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4 Ways to Be a Better Mentor to Your Employees

Empathy

Being empathetic goes a long way in building relations.

Remember your employees are facing complicated life problems of their own, and as their mentor and leader, you have to ensure you give them the help, time and resources to get their work done.

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4 Ways to Be a Better Mentor to Your Employees

4 Ways to Be a Better Mentor to Your Employees

https://www.inc.com/young-entrepreneur-council/4-ways-to-be-a-better-mentor-to-your-employees.html

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Being A Great Mentor

Being an effective mentor for employees can help them hone their talents and skills, as well as make them feel more connected and involved in the organization.

When employees get personalized help and attention, they work better and stay longer.

Find a unique connection

Build and maintain a unique connection with the employee, using your listening skills and attention to detail. Avoid the one-size-fits-all approach.

Assign Peer Mentors

Make other people who are good at a particular task mentor the newcomers for on-boarding, reducing your load and helping the new joiners. This also builds trust among the mentors, making it a win-win situation.

Constructive Criticism

Offer and encourage constructive criticism and advice. Appreciate the hard work done and then discuss the area of improvement(s).

Stay productive and on-topic while providing feedback, and provide clear steps for improvement.

Empathy

Being empathetic goes a long way in building relations.

Remember your employees are facing complicated life problems of their own, and as their mentor and leader, you have to ensure you give them the help, time and resources to get their work done.

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