There are a number of ways workplaces are changing. Another one to add to the list is reverse mentoring. Of course it’s still true that young workers starting off can learn a lot from experienced managers and experts. But it’s also true that older managers can learn a lot from the younger, Generation Y workforce. As Leslie Kwoh writes for the Wall Street Journal:
With such relationships, it’s not only the mentee who benefits from learning new skills. It also helps retain the younger mentors, which of course benefits the company as a whole too:
Companies such as GE, Ogilvy, Cisco Systems and HP have adopted reverse mentoring as a practice. As Leslie mentions in her article, it is apparent that tech and advertising companies are leading the way with reverse mentoring:
While tech and advertising companies are the early adopters, reverse mentoring is certainly a practice that will add value to many different companies across a variety of industries.