Mentoring – Improving the quality of work life and organisational effectiveness: A case study of a formal mentoring programme implemented in a higher education organisation

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Research and Development in Higher Education: Quality Conversations Vol. 25

July, 2002, 794 pages
Published by
Tony Herrington
ISBN
0 908557 54 X
Abstract 

As we enter the new millennium mentoring is receiving considerable attention that is evident in the proliferation of academic and popular literature and research on the subject. This study of a formal mentoring programme implemented in a Higher Education Organisation – UNITEC Institute of Technology - was conducted to determine the experiences of participating staff. In particular the study sought to identify the nature of the work issues discussed and the value perceived by participants as flowing from their involvement in a programmed mentoring relationship. The results reveal that there is nearly an even balance between the psychosocial and career orientation of the workplace issues covered, but what was most highly valued by both mentees and mentors were those aspects of the mentoring relationship which were psychosocial in nature. This study highlights the potential of formal mentoring programmes as a valuable and appropriate professional development strategy in higher education organisations.

Keywords: Formal mentoring programme, work place issues, psychosocial & career functions

Mentoring – Improving the quality of work life and organisational effectiveness: A case study of a formal mentoring programme implemented in a higher education organisation

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