It is time that you adopt E-mentoring with your forces at work. A small businessman or an entrepreneur is a one-man team when it comes to business development. The entrepreneurs, with or without their small team are always under stress and not at one place. The scenario is mostly like this in small organizations as well. How will you inculcate mentoring in such an environment?
E-mentoring has that scope to be accessible when physical presence is not possible, when there is group to be mentored and when expert mentoring is possible only under E-mentoring facility. So what is significant about E-mentoring?
Before that let us discuss – what is E-mentoring?
E-mentoring is the method of mentoring through telephone, email or any other non-physical source. It is a good mentoring tool in schools, colleges, group mentoring for small scale companies and for senior management persons.
The benefits of E-mentoring have made mentors talk about it more and more on global stage. Some practical ones are below:
- Not time and place restricted: The basic benefit is that it is independent of the time the mentor and mentee has, or for that matter, don’t have. Place has no connection with E-mentoring as there are software to perform this kind of mentoring, and you need devices to communicate irrespective of where you are.
- Honesty – The mentor and mentee has a space in between them to communicate. So the replies and answers may not be immediate and can be outlined with patience. This encourages honest answers and clarity in views. Also there is record of the mentoring process from the start to end this creates an environment of an authentic and honest mentoring relation.
- Alternate method – E-mentoring is mostly ‘alternate’ way to mentor when you have distance, place, and time barriers. This is indeed a productive alternate mentoring method.
- Flexibility – E-mentoring has the advantage to add more mentees and mentors, to change the mentoring environment as per the mentoring strategy, to adopt great software for a realistic mentoring experience and to have a constant sense of having a mentor with you through phone or email mentoring.
With all these benefits you can perform or participate in E-mentoring in 3 ways. First one is only online communication, second is online mentoring with added options of emails, telephone calls or virtual meetings, and lastly face-to-face mentoring with online communication added as an alternate.
But the question is how to perform this form of mentoring with diverse groups and dynamic environment?
E-mentoring needs expert mentoring resources. You need the right set of people with knowledge of E-mentoring tools to set up the process within your organization, or for your own self. At MentorCloud we are always evolving, looking for mentoring ideas and new methods with which the quality of mentoring relations can be enriched. Create and sustain your mentoring community within the ever occupied life with E-mentoring. To do that, get in touch with MentorCloud experts.