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Designed Mentorship, Career Development, Learning and Psychological Growth across Generations: A Study of a Mentoring Program in an International Industrial Company

Journal article
Authors Max Rapp-Ricciardi
Trevor Archer
Published in Omics
Volume 2
Issue 4
Pages 1-8
ISSN 1536-2310
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 1-8
Language en
Links https://www.omicsonline.org/open-ac...
Keywords Mentor; Prótegé; Formal mentoring; Dyad; Psychological Growth, Career development
Subject categories Psychology, Applied Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of the present study was: 1) to evaluate workplace mentoring programs from the perspectives of the mentors and protégés. 2) to compare the evolution of three mentoring programs 3) to contribute to the development of the theoretical field of mentorship. Qualitative and quantitative methods were used and data was collected during a five year period at an international company. The results showed that the majority of the mentors and protégés were satisfied mainly with how the mentoring programs provided personal growth and learning. The separation between junior employees and senior employees in the mentoring programs has decreased over the years concomitant with a strengthening of organizational culture. It was noted not only that the protégés need to be inspired, but also that mentors need inspiration as well. Resilient relationship between mentors and protégés may occur only if the gain is mutual over time. One conclusion pertains to the necessity of designing mentor programs that will contribute to the mentors’ as well as the protégées’ development. A model is presented that indicates how this development may be accomplished.

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