HR needs mentors: Survey

Formal programs and recertification points could encourage more professionals to volunteer
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/06/2010

A majority of HR professionals would like to see more mentoring in the profession, according to the most recent Pulse Survey.

The survey of 857 Canadian HR Reporter readers and ­members of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) found 64.5 per cent of respondents don’t think there is enough mentoring in the profession, especially considering its effect on an HR professional’s success.

For many HR professionals, it can be hard to find the time to mentor, or be mentored, if an organization doesn’t support it, said Lisa Ballentyne, a corporate HR administrator in Winnipeg. Ballentyne mentored one HR student through a university intern program, and ended up hiring her, but hasn’t had the time to mentor anyone else.