Reverse Mentoring

November 29, 2011

Is your idea of mentoring the traditional one -- a senior employee coaching a younger, less-experienced colleague? That's no longer the case in many offices.

The Wall Street Journal reports that in an attempt to train senior executives in technology and social media, many businesses are pairing upper management with younger employees. The practice, known as reverse mentoring, is an attempt to not only school upper-level employees on tech, but also to reduce turnover among younger employees, "who not only gain a sense of purpose but also a rare glimpse into the world of management and access to top-level brass," the article states. 

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