042 – Share the Love in the Workplace | Nikki Lewallen

In this special episode of Gut+Science, host Nikki Lewallen (@NikkiLewallen) dives deep into sharing how as leaders, you can spread the ‘love’ in your workplaces.

As you reflect on what that means for your organization, the overarching question you need to ask is, what are you doing to ensure your employees find meaning in the work they do? But first, how do they define meaning?

The second thing she explores in this special episode is the impact mentoring can have on your employees. It’s a fantastic strategy that can move the needle on engagement and your business objectives.

The average person spends a fourth of their lives at work – let’s make it count.

Truth You Can Act On:

    1. Understand what makes a good mentor. Think back to a mentor who has truly impacted your career and life journey. All of us probably have a certain name, or multiple names, in mind. It’s easy to go into full-on coaching mode, but listening is huge when it comes to mentoring. Connecting with people and being available to your mentees is also important – it won’t cut it to meet with a mentee every six months. A good mentor also provides guidance to take action; they provide a path for their mentee, by sharing personal experiences and stories.
    2. Understand what makes a good mentee. As humans, we are never done learning. And in that case, we should all consider ourselves mentees. You have to be willing to learn – and to be vulnerable and share that. If you commit to the process and have consistent time laid out with your mentor, the relationship will blossom. Lastly, it’s important to be grateful for your mentor – express gratitude, say thank you, and also give feedback so your mentor can learn what works or what they should work on.
    3. Consider a workplace mentoring program. Physical programs are much more valuable than giving your employees links to online resources. Important components to effective programs include: training, structure, matching and data.

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