Experience is a Terrible Thing to Waste: Mentoring Today's Workforce

For the first time in modern history, we have five distinct generations in the workforce, each with their own expectations, goals, strengths, and challenges. The most successful organizations not only embrace this diversity but they also leverage the experience and skills each brings to the table through multiple forms of mentoring. Mentoring is more than just the transfer of knowledge; it’s a two-way give-and-take that benefits the protégé and mentor alike.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Better understand and appreciate the value of mentor programs to the protégé, mentor, and the organization
  • Differentiate generational needs and trends and tailor programs to the individual protégé
  • Identify the various types of mentoring strategies and determine which one(s) fit your organization’s objectives
  • Develop training programs for mentors and protégés that enhance the experience and allow each to gain the greatest return on investment

Instructor: Tim Sparks, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Tim is a tenured Human Resource professional who specializes in Leadership Development, Change Management, and Strategic Business Planning. He currently serves as the Human Resource Manager for Multi Packaging Solutions, a manufacturing facility in E. Flat Rock, NC that produces retail and entertainment industry packaging for customers such as Sony Pictures, Disney, Bayer and others. Prior to that, he served as a Sr. Human Resource Business Partner for Transamerica. Over the course of his career in HR, Tim has successfully developed and implemented mentoring and change management programs that have been hugely successful, adding significant return on investment to each company’s bottom line results. Tim has been in the HR field for over 25 years, working mostly in the healthcare and retail industries. Prior to that, he was a teacher and principal for 15 years, serving in the private school sector.

Tim has also held several board of director positions including President for his local SHRM affiliate for the Society for Human Resource Management. He is guest speaker for local, state, and national conferences and seminars, speaking on topics such as Building Successful Mentoring Programs, Organizational and Cultural Change, and Leadership Development.

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