Redefining Mentoring: With Millennials, It’s A Two-Way Street

By Carrie Mason-Draffen

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Experts contend that millennials, the first generation weaned on the constant back-and-forth of social media technology, are eager for feedback and actively seek mentors. So unlike baby boomers, who are more likely to have one or two mentors over their working life, younger workers often have had several early on in their careers, in part reflecting how often they change jobs. We here at WWR are big proponents of mentorship as a way of empowering women in the workforce. So find yourself a Mentor Today!


Millennials are changing the nature of mentoring on Long Island and in the nation.

These young people, ages 19 to 35, are embracing this workplace rite more than previous generations because they seek out feedback, workplace experts said.

And they are redefining the nature of mentoring. Rather than the typical top-down approach, in which senior employees impart knowledge to their juniors, millennials prefer give and take.

“They are the ones that have driven the shift from mentoring being viewed as this mentor-mentee relationship where the senior person imparts all the wisdom and experience and knowledge to the mentee,” said Janet Lenaghan, an associate professor of management and entrepreneurship at Hofstra University. “It has shifted to being viewed as a mutually beneficial relationship. It blurs the lines between who is the mentor and who is the mentee.”

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