Reverse mentoring

Contrary to the classic mentoring process, in which an experienced manager takes a young employee under his or her wing, reverse mentoring operates under the motto: junior coaches senior. Especially with new technologies and the associated new work methods, it might be sensible to utilise the experiences of younger employees.

Success factors

  • The well-visible collaboration between the management and employees in training strengthens the reputation of the trainees and the work smart specialists.
  • Employees from various departments become acquainted with the work smart specialists, who become the established persons of contact for this particular topic.

Obstacles

  • Scepticism amongst experienced employees, who might be reluctant to learn new things from “greenhorns”.
  • Slow adaptation of new work methods.

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