Informal mentoring schemes

Informal mentoring occurs when one colleague helps, supports and advises another on a regular basis, without being asked by a manager or team leader.

It occurs because:

Some informal schemes can be more successful than formal ones because:

However, there are drawbacks to an informal scheme and these might include:

A mentoring scheme should be inclusive and all staff that require a mentor should be able to have access to one. It is also very difficult to evaluate informal mentoring schemes and to determine their success.

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