How to Mentor Your HR Newbie

Do you remember your very first HR job? Your title may have been intern or assistant or coordinator. Whatever it was, your most important skill back then was your excitement and eagerness to learn and contribute.

Do you have beginners like that in your HR department? Then you need to jump right in and mentor them, says Kate Duffy, executive director, human resources at Endemol Shine North America.

Recalling her own newbie days, Duffy pays back the help her mentors extended her, by making a point of mentoring the beginners in her department: “When I’m focused on guiding a future leader I start with trust, ownership and self-awareness.”

In her 5-minute DisruptHR Los Angeles talk last year, Duffy explained how she nurtures each of these traits:

  • To build trust, she gives them a seat at the HR table, sharing important workforce details with them and discussing the role trust plays in the job and in their reputation.
  • After building trust, she assigns them ownership of a project. She coaches them, asking the hows and whys of the decision they make.
  • Pointing out that self-awareness is a predictor of success, Duffy encourages them to learn about themselves.

Spend 5 minutes with the video to see how Duffy puts it all together.

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