Avoiding ethical issues in mentoring relationships

Image not found

Avoiding ethical issues in mentoring relationships

Our time is marked not just by advancements in technology but also by societal expectations in the way we show respect, acceptance and dignity to others. It’s now so important that we display the highest level of ethics, especially when it comes to mentoring relationships.

Mentoring is a vital part of development. That’s because it allows participants to apply their learning into the workplace, change their behaviours and have a sounding board for organisational changes. In fact, this is why IML ANZ includes mentoring as a core element in leadership programs.

To aid the trustworthiness of any mentoring program, leaders and organisations must ensure that reliable structures are in place. This includes the following three components:

 

Robust screening process

Do your program participants undergo an application and screening process before they are matched with a mentor or mentee?

It’s also important to screen for the motivators of both parties. Are they genuinely seeking professional development? Of course, if the mentoring program is kept restricted to members of a professional body, such as IML ANZ’s program, it reduces the risk that ill-motivated people will join.

 

Clear parameters and expectations

Do you provide guidance around acceptable subject matters and realistic timeframes for the formal mentoring relationship? A well-structured program leaves little room for discussing inappropriate topics or showing disrespect for each participant’s time and resources.

Again, all of this has to come from a genuine desire to benefit both in the mentoring relationship

 

Third-party available for feedback or complaints

While no one wishes to hear of any incidents where inappropriate or unethical behaviour is displayed, it’s important to be ready to respond should it arise. An impartial party should be available to receive feedback and complaints. It’s never good if any participant feels they are helpless or won’t be heard if they complain.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Related Blogs

blog-icon
By Emma Mulholland   Many of us don’t realise that, as we go about our days, we leave long…
blog-icon
By Jane Caro   Throughout all the years that I was one of the few women working in creative…
blog-icon

Blogs: Blog

By Karyl Estrella MIML   Genuine human concern and a duty of care means for most managers…
blog-icon

Blogs: Blog

By Bernadette Uzelac FIML   Last week I participated in IML ANZ’s Great Debate in Melbourne…
blog-icon

Blogs: Blog

By Karyl Estrella MIML   While the day dedicated to all things women’s equality might be…
blog-icon
By Peter Cullen FIML I was extremely fortunate and very grateful to have been a member of a really…