Why does business support intellectual volunteering?
Read about it in the article published on Womo.ua with comments from SalesTech founder, WTECH Ukraine Ambassador Valeria Kuzmenko, Trembit Chief People Operations Marina Molchan, 1991 Open Data Incubator Executive Director Yevhenia Klepa, TAS Life Insurance Project Development Project Manager Roman Babich, Product Manager It Startup Olena Pavlov , HR of AdIndex.ua company Evgeniya Moroz.
Many mentors say that they do not understand why they spend their time and knowledge for free at work or with friends. In some cases, mentoring is ridiculed, saying that an adequate person will not waste energy for nothing. Therefore, mentors do not often cover their activities on social networks. After the flash mob from Code Club Ukraine # MentoringAndTrendHow we publish stories that should be an incentive for others to be a mentor, because this experience increases the value of even the professionals and companies in the market.
What is it like to be a mentor?
The curator of Code Club Mariupol Anastasia Ponomareva believes that the answer to this question should be sought in the explanation - who is a mentor:
– For me, a mentor is a person who shares his own experience, supports, works with a student in a team. Why do I do it and why for free? Regardless of wealth, every child has a chance for the future, and a mentor is a person who can give the world a future genius only by sacrificing a little of his time! It is happiness to see how ideas are born, children are revealed, people change the world, starting with themselves…
And if it's easier? Remember how as a child you taught your friends to ride a bike, helped pull up an object. Helped parents master the computer. Grandmothers explained how to use a smartphone. Congratulations, you also tried yourself as a mentor!
– Being a mentor is not easy, but it is very interesting! Meeting a class mentor is the best thing that can happen to you on the way to learning anything: driving a car, meditative practices, programming, sculpting dumplings, washing dishes, writing… There is nothing more valuable than the time and attention that other people give you. And if in the end you also learned something new, the world or you yourself became a little better, – shares Christina Tristan, Freelance Copywriter at Synergy Group.
But not everyone is given to be a mentor. It's not just about your knowledge, expertise, but also about empathy. Sometimes you just have to keep quiet, and sometimes it all depends on one question, which is the mentor should ask correctly, says Eugene Klepa, CEO of 1991 Open Data Incubator :
– In this role, you should focus on the rod, not the fish. Being an individual mentor is even more difficult, because the goals are not only business, but also personal. There is a lot of work with the cop's profile. One way or another, this is a huge resource that needs full immersion. Being a mentor is not about new acquaintances, not about protruding your own preferences, but about balanced and insightful.
No - I do not receive a financial reward for it. Yes - I get a lot more!
And why all this? Example,
• to gain skills to develop a ward or team, learn to transfer knowledge and develop others.
• to structure their own experience and knowledge, to understand their strengths. After all, we learn best when we teach others.
• to gain motivation and inspiration, to diversify their activities without changing the field.
_– The mentoring part of the win-win principle lies in the fact that the teaching process makes his technique cooler: develops soft skills, forces to learn again, learn in advance, dig deeper. In addition, mentoring makes you more confident, increases self-esteem. Therefore, during the next interview, you are unlikely to be modest at the expense of your own expertise, the technologies you understood while preparing for classes. Often the experience of mentoring becomes a good sign for HR professionals to look closely at the applicant: suddenly there is potential for development? - _shares Eugene Strakhov, ambassador of educational tech-space Atom Space.
Why do businesses develop mentoring?
World statistics show that this practice makes companies more financially and socially successful. That's why 76% of organizations in Europe offer mentoring or coaching to their employees. 71% of Fortune500 companies have corporate mentoring programs. 60% of applicants in Europe and the United States indicate mentoring as a mandatory criterion for a new job.
Leading Ukrainian companies are already developing and motivating mentoring in their teams. Here is what Valeria Kuzmenko, the founder of SalesTech , says:
_– I have been mentoring founders and IT projects for over three years. The desire to share my own experience prompted me to become a WTECH Ukraine Ambassador for Marketing and Sales. I decided to share the acquired knowledge with young founders, because I see how many promising projects in Ukraine and talented women, full of ideas, who need the help of a mentor. She also gladly took part in the STEM Girls program, where students studied development and prepared for the startup.
Roman Babich, Partner Network Project Development Manager at TAS Life , has been volunteering for over five years. He says that over time the topics have changed, there has been more knowledge, but the need to share them has become stronger:
– And today, when we conduct online financial literacy intensives for Code Club Ukraine students, it is a delight to have a two-way exchange of views! We share with them, and they fill us with a variety of their ideas and breadth of thoughts. It inspires to learn more, to improve in their work, to charge others with ideas of social activity! This is the right way for both individuals and companies!