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What is reverse mentoring? 

Mentoring in the workplace can provide a framework of support and guidance, and encourages sharing of knowledge and skills. Mentor relationships typically involve senior members of staff providing guidance to early-career employees. However ‘reverse’, or ‘upward’, mentoring turns this structure on its head with junior employees taking on the role as mentor.

Reverse mentoring often focuses on progressing technological skills and innovation within organisations, but can also address leadership approaches and support early-career development.


Why try reverse mentoring?

Reverse mentoring can be mutually beneficial by providing an opportunity for both mentor and mentee to improve skills and development.

There are a range of benefits of reverse mentoring, including: 

  • Improving technical skills and innovation

  • Providing insight into company culture and practice

  • Developing leadership skills

  • Promoting diversity and inclusion

  • Improving employee relationships

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