Destination mentors play a very important role in helping your employees to get acclimated quickly during an employee relocation. In order to be most effective, your organization needs to carefully consider what type of mentor you wish to provide, and what kind of relationship he or she will have with the employee.
A Natural Leader
Leaders are characterized by many different traits. When it comes to selecting mentors for your employee relocation program, you will want leaders who are knowledgeable and experienced, but also open minded and willing to listen. After all, the point of having a mentor is to help the relocating employees get comfortable, which means they must be able to voice their thoughts and concerns to their mentor. You will want people who can communicate clearly and effectively. Being calm and assertive is a positive quality for someone who is feeling displaced and unsure of their surroundings.
Availability and Commitment
Another important part of selecting mentors for your employee relocation program is finding people who have both the time to dedicate to this role. A mentor who is inaccessible will not help reduce the stress or fear related to the move. The mentors need to be able to commit to regular meetings and discussions about the employee’s progress in adjusting.
Mentors should also share some common interests with the employee outside of work. This will help build their relationship early on and provide reassurance about the culture and surroundings in the new location. Mentors who do not share interests with the new employees will often be left with little to discuss and will have a harder time creating an open line of communication.
Culture shock can happen anywhere, but destination mentors can help reduce the amount of stress it causes. The perfect mentor will be able to listen to the employee’s concerns and answer any questions they have about their new work and living environment. This guidance and reassurance will help the employee to focus on the new job. It all starts by choosing a mentor who is committed to the employee’s success and has a vested interest in sharing what they know about the area and the office.