‘Do I really have to?’

Not everyone wants to be a mentor so picking the right candidates is crucial
By Catherine Mossop
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/26/2013

Picture the scenario: You ask an employee to mentor someone. But even though your company supports and encourages leaders to help others learn, the employee hesitates, knowing the relationship is a time investment he is not sure he is ready to make.

Companies looking to introduce and grow mentoring initiatives need to carefully consider who they select as mentors. And those who are asked need to carefully consider if they wish to be one, looking at whether it’s the right role, at the right time and for the right reasons.

There are three main considerations to take into account when selecting mentors: