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But, What does it take, what steps should you follow and what does a good one do?
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April 19, 2023
I have always been a big fan of mentors and throughout my career relied heavily on them in the industries in which I worked. They play a really important role not only in advising me personally but also in guiding me to make the right decisions for the industries we all work in. I’ve always swerved taking on a mentor myself, but recently took up the challenge and have found I enjoy it. Although my approach is somewhat different, it seems to be working well with my mentee who is completely different from me, and infact, I am learning from them as well as hopefully the other way around!
However, working in the gambling industry I wanted to look at how mentorship can play a role and how gaming leaders can foster talent development within their teams, creating a pipeline of future leaders for the organisation.
The gambling industry is a rapidly evolving landscape that presents unique challenges and opportunities for growth. As the industry continues to expand, the need for skilled professionals capable of navigating these complexities becomes increasingly important. Mentorship plays a crucial role in fostering talent development, as it helps prepare the next generation of leaders to take on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. I wanted to look at how mentorship can play a role and how gaming leaders can foster talent development within their teams, creating a pipeline of future leaders for the organisation.
The Importance of Mentorship in the Gambling Industry
The gambling industry is characterised by ever-changing regulations, emerging technologies, and evolving market dynamics. Mentorship provides an effective means for experienced professionals to pass on their valuable knowledge and insights to up-and-coming talent, ensuring that the workforce remains agile and well-equipped to navigate the industry’s complexities.
Well-run mentorship programs offer mentees the opportunity to develop critical skills, enhance their knowledge of the industry, and gain valuable experience by learning from seasoned professionals. This professional growth can lead to increased job satisfaction, improved performance, and a greater likelihood of career advancement. Something we all want, I guess.
By connecting mentees with experienced mentors, mentorship programs help build strong professional networks within the gambling industry. These networks can lead to future collaboration, job opportunities, and the exchange of valuable information and resources.
Mentorship also provides an opportunity for mentees to observe and learn from the leadership styles of their mentors. This exposure to effective leadership can help mentees develop their leadership style and possibilities and pave the way for them to eventually take on leadership roles within the company.
So, if we all believe Mentor programmes are a good thing, how do we implement one?
First thing is to define the objectives. This may include improving talent retention, enhancing employee engagement, or fostering leadership development within the company. Simple stuff, but I think many programmes are not taken up or are not successful because we don’t first think about why we want one as a company.
Then you have to identify mentors and mentees. Selecting experienced professionals within the company who have the knowledge, skills, and willingness to serve as mentors and getting their agreement to support a programme is sometimes hard. Likewise, identifying high-potential employees who would benefit from the mentorship program as mentees can be tricky when you start selecting out of large pools of people, some of whom will find it hard to not be taken into the programme.
Developing clear guidelines and outlining the roles and responsibilities of both mentors and mentees may include expectations for regular meetings, communication channels, and the overall structure of the mentorship relationship. Unless you do this it is virtually impossible to measure the success of your programme and then receive funding from your company to continue.
You can and should, offer training for mentors to ensure they are well equipped to support their mentees effectively. Additionally, you can support them with additional resources such as articles, webinars, and workshops to aid both mentors and mentees in their professional development.
Regularly assess the progress and outcomes of the mentorship program. This may involve conducting surveys, evaluating performance metrics, or conducting interviews with participants to gather feedback and identify areas for improvement.
So what is best practice for talent development in the gambling industry?
• Encourage continuous learning: Cultivate a culture of continuous learning within the company by offering opportunities for employees to participate in training programs, workshops, and industry conferences.
• Provide growth opportunities: Support employee development by providing growth opportunities, such as stretch assignments, job rotations, and opportunities to lead projects or initiatives.
• Recognise and reward achievements: Celebrate employee accomplishments and recognise their contributions to the company’s success. This recognition can come in the form of public acknowledgment, bonuses, or promotions.
• Establish a strong company culture: A strong culture that values teamwork, innovation, and employee well-being. This will help attract and retain top talent and foster a positive work environment.
Mentorship and talent development are essential components of a successful gambling industry company. By investing in mentorship programs, organisations can foster the growth and development of their workforce, preparing the next generation of leaders to take on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
C-suite executives and leaders in the gambling industry should prioritise this as part of their overall business strategy. By doing so, you can create a strong pipeline of skilled professionals capable of navigating the complexities of the industry and helping your company too.