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Employee Relations > Mentors > Mentor Guidelines
A mentor is any full-time staff member with a sincere desire to help new and current employees acclimate to the University environment and grow professionally. Mentors function as advisors, positive role models and advocates. Typically, mentors are individuals who are considered role models in their position or department, are able to encourage and motivate others, are respectful of others in the University community, are committed to maintaining a positive attitude, and are willing to share knowledge and experiences. To be a mentor, an individual must:
Once HR has matched the mentor with a mentee, the mentor must make contact with the mentee within 5 business days to schedule the initial meeting. During this initial meeting, the mentor should put the mentee at ease. It is also important to note that the mentee should come prepared to discuss their goals for the mentoring relationship and what they hope to accomplish.
The minimum time commitment to volunteer as a mentor is one fiscal year. After the completion of this first year, the mentor and mentee must mutually decide whether or not to continue the relationship on an informal basis. It is also important to note that the mentor must be able to commit time to the mentoring process. It is critical that mentoring be a priority in order for the process to successful and beneficial to the mentee.
Once the mentorship is complete, the mentor may decide to:
For more information regarding FSU's Staff Mentoring Program, visit or email firstname.lastname@example.org.