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Get a new perspective on your business with reverse mentoring

(NC) Are you looking for guidance? Ready to learn new skills? If so, reverse mentoring might be right for you.

Traditionally, mentors are older and more experienced than their mentees. Reverse mentoring uses a different approach: younger or less experienced employees act as mentors to the older or more experienced employees or business owners.

For example, a recent graduate may not have many years of experience, but as a mentor, they will be able to share the latest advances in their field of study. A reverse mentor could also help you successfully tap into new ways of doing business like using social media to reach your customers, recruiting younger employees, or introducing new technologies to the workplace.

A successful reverse mentoring program could help you:

• Tap into your employees' energy and creativity;

• Become more tech-savvy;

• Boost employee engagement and commitment;

• Give your junior employees valuable experience;

• Foster cross-generational knowledge sharing; • Identify future leaders.

If a reverse mentoring relationship is right for you, these tips can help you make it work:

• Set clear goals and identify areas where the mentee is seeking guidance;

• Keep an open mind and be ready to share your thoughts, ideas, questions, and concerns; • Make sure that both parties are comfortable with their roles.

Additional resources are available free of charge from Canada Business Ontario at

1-888-576-4444, or online at canadabusiness.gc.ca.

Canada Business Ontario is a program within the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). For further information on federal economic development programs and services for southern Ontario please visit, FedDevOntario.gc.ca, or contact us by email at info@FedDevOntario.gc.ca or call toll free, 1-866-593-5505.

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