Peer mentoring is a form of mentorship where colleagues guide one another. This is especially useful in workplaces where there aren’t enough senior leaders or employees to mentor junior team members. For that reason, matching peers to mentor one another is a convenient solution.
The purpose of mentorship is to help employees build non-judgemental relationships where they support and encourage each other. Peers have a lot they can offer one another through mentorship. They can accelerate each other's growth by sharing best practices, providing support and advice, and being alongside them while navigating through challenging circumstances.
Why pair with a peer? Peer mentorship is a great complement or alternative to traditional mentorship - whether your peer is more or less senior than you. The key difference is that peer-to-peer relationships are non-hierarchical (e.g. you are both responsible for driving the relationship) and can be as formal or as informal as you and your peer would prefer. It's an opportunity to connect with colleagues across your organization in order to exchange knowledge, with and who may be pursuing similar goals or facing similar challenges. Some common themes we see in peer-to-peer relationships are:
- Discussing shared experiences
- Strategizing solutions around challenges in the workplace or in the peers' specific functions
- Supporting and keeping one another accountable through career milestones or goals
- Sharing knowledge and learning more about different business functions
- Functional or soft skill-sharing
When running an Evergreen program you also have the ability to facilitate Peer Mentorship.
Peer Mentorship is enabled by default for all new Evergreen programs. If you would like to confirm Peer Mentorship is enabled, or if you would like to disable the feature, check out our article here.
With Peer-Peer pairing enabled, your users will be able to request pairings together as peers, in addition to traditional mentor-mentee relationships. Check out our article here on how Peer-Peer Pairings work.
In short, with Peer Mentorship employees will have even more opportunities to make connections, share knowledge, and keep one another accountable for their goals. Users will be able to register as Peers in addition to their traditional mentor and/or mentee roles. Once registered, peers will be able to request other peers to begin a mentorship relationship.