It would seem common sense that companies should train both mentors and mentorees in understanding the dynamics of a mentoring relationship. Unfortunately, this is not always the case for a variety of reasons. Here are a few:
1. We don't have the budget.
Well maybe you shouldn't have a mentoring program. Putting two people together without giving them the tools to understand what they should be doing is almost a waste of time and money.
2. I've mentored most of my life so why should I need training in mentoring?
3. Why do we need to train mentorees if we've already trained mentors? Shouldn't the mentors guide the mentoree in understanding this relationship?
So to keep your program professional and successful, be sure to train both mentors and mentorees. Also, don't forget mentoring program managers, who keep the program running successfully!