How an Evolution View of Workplace Mentoring Relationships Helps Avoid Negative Experiences: The Developmental Relationship Mentoring Model in Action

Washington, Rhianon and Cox, Elaine (2016) How an Evolution View of Workplace Mentoring Relationships Helps Avoid Negative Experiences: The Developmental Relationship Mentoring Model in Action. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 24 (3). ISSN 1361-1267

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Abstract

Abstract In this paper, we explore how the use of a specific mentoring model focusing on the evolution of the relationship between mentor and mentee, may influence the incidence of failure. In our research we employed a case study methodology to examine a regional public services mentoring scheme in the UK where a developmental relationship mentoring model had been developed and used to guide practice. Findings indicated toxicity and negative outcomes may be positively influenced by mentor motivation and emotional intelligence, and can be avoided when there is awareness of how relationships develop and evolve. For example, the use of contracting in the early stages can limit the mismatched expectations that provoke disappointment, but equally mentor actions at other stages play key roles in reducing potential failure. Our study has implications for the enhancement of mentor training and scheme coordination as well as contributing to the understanding of negative mentoring relationships. Keywords: mentoring, developmental relationship mentoring, relationship evolution, toxicity, failure, negative experiences.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Workplace mentoring
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Faculty of Business and Management > Wales Institute of Work-Based Learning
Depositing User: Matt Briggs
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2016 12:06
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2019 14:28
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/703

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