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Reverse Mentoring

What is Reverse Mentoring?

Reverse mentoring is a workplace initiative wherein the senior employees are mentored by the younger employees with better understanding and knowledge. Also called upward mentoring, it redefines the traditional hierarchical approach of mentoring so that the organization navigates towards a more diverse and better-evolved work atmosphere.

For example,

  • In most workplaces now, generation Z is working
  • They are natural internet users and good at using digital and tech tools
  • Mohit is a junior in the marketing team and is mentoring Shyam, a senior who works on traditional marketing methods
  • Here is the case of reverse mentoring due to the knowledge and skills of Mohit


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is most benefited by reverse mentoring?

Reverse monitoring works the best for the managers, as they can get a clear view of the new technology and its implementations. It also helps them to build a better relationship with the junior employees.

What are the benefits of reverse mentoring to the organization?

Reverse mentoring has the following benefits:

  • Increases employee retention
  • Improved Employee engagement
  • Promotes diversity
  • Empowers the new hires

Who uses reverse mentoring?

Reverse mentoring techniques are mainly used by start-ups, small businesses, Non-profit organizations, and some of the high-tech companies that feel the need to implement them.

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