3 Reasons Why HR Professionals Should Consider Mentoring Others in Human Resources

by Alisa Charles | July 28, 2022 |

Throughout my HR career, I have had the pleasure of working with many Human Resources professionals in various stages of their HR career. A common theme that would often come up in conversations was about how to develop one’s HR career for greater opportunities in Human Resources.

I believe that there comes a time in any career where you start to feel like you want to do something more or different and this is completely normal. It usually comes around the time when you have accumulated several new skills and abilities in your role and are looking for ways for those skills to shine.

There are several ways to address this issue such as increase your visibility and position yourself for those opportunities. This could include seeking a promotion, participating in a workgroup or committee, or possibly being tasked with a special project or event.

Another option, however, could be mentoring others in Human Resources.

The following are 3 reasons why HR professionals should consider sharing their HR skills and abilities by mentoring others in HR:


1. Share your HR expertise  

When you have mastered a process, gained a new skill or ability, you can share your new knowledge with others by mentoring. Inside a mentoring partnership with another HR professional or student, you can incorporate an activity that will include your idea, skill or talent to enhance the mentoring experience.

For example, let’s say you learned a new method for engaging employees during new employee orientation, or you have a new employee training solution.  You can discuss your accomplishments with your HR mentee and then together develop an activity for them that incorporates your ideas.

Not only will you have an opportunity to share your new skills, you can now share with others in a way that will make a difference to them in their HR career.


 2. Make life easier for someone else in HR

When it comes to HR, there are constant changes and moving parts that must be mastered in order to be successful in HR. As an experienced HR professional, you could certainly help someone new in the field to overcome some of those hurdles and thus making life a little easier for them as they sort through the many complexities of HR.

If you are working with someone new to Human Resources, by sharing some of your experiences in HR such as how you got started or your successes and failures, you can help them to better navigate through their HR path much smoother.

With your assistance, this can have a lasting impact that will build up those you mentor for even greater success and results.


3. Create new opportunities for growth and development

Finally, another benefit of mentoring others in Human Resources is that it provides a development opportunity for you. It also allows you to connect with others in HR in a unique way. That is because mentoring is not about judging performance or rating an activity, it is simply about helping another individual to be successful.

You may also notice that by mentoring others in HR, brand new opportunities for you start to surface that may not have existed had you not started down this path. This could include such things as being asked to develop a formal HR mentoring program, to share your experience as a mentor to others who may be interested in mentoring too, or to even expand mentoring beyond HR.

There are just so many possibilities that exist when it comes to mentoring others in Human Resources

In HR and in life, it’s quite easy to feel busy and overwhelmed when juggling several different priorities all at once. This can lead to feeling unmotivated to get things accomplished. Whether it’s signing up for a class, starting a project, having a tough conversation or preparing for a meeting, it can be a challenge when you lose motivation to move things forward.

To get started, if you have built your HR career over the last several years and looking to share your HR expertise with others, then you may be interested in a free copy of 15 Mentoring in HR Templates. This resource can enhance your motivation in HR by helping you to positively impact other HR professionals or students with an HR mentoring experience that you can be proud of. It will help you create your own unique process that works best for you and those you mentor in HR.

Or if you are new to HR or worked in HR for a few years, why not get your free copy of The HR Mentorship Guide: 5 Impactful Ways to Achieve HR Career Success.  This guide will get you started fast with new ideas that will enhance your HR career, right where you are. So get your copy today!

Here’s to your HR Career Success!

Alisa Charles is a certified HR professional (SPHR, SHRM-SCP) and has been working in human resources for over 20 years. She is the author of “90 New Employee Orientation Ideas for Human Resources Professionals” and  “Successful  Mentoring in HR”, both available on Amazon. In addition to her HR background,  Alisa is a certified Personal & Executive Coach and enjoy using her extensive HR experience with her coaching background to assist individuals in achieving their goals.

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