More and more companies choose nowadays the model of reverse mentoring. The potential of this technique attracts the big companies needing their employees to learn in a very fast way new
competences and skills.
An effective reverse mentoring has been developed by the Executive Committee of Orange. Young employees of the Y Generation have communication skills that more experienced managers do not have. The company has understood the importance of placing them under the teaching monitor of younger employees. Therefore, an unusual initiative was taken by the Orange executive committee: ach one of its members was assigned as a mentor a young employee. They have the mission to help them better understand the codes and practices of the various social networks and related
technologies. In doing so, the Executive Committee noted a major reversal.
This famous Y Generation has a peculiarity. All those who belong to it have, through their practice of social networks, instituted new codes and ways of relating with each other. Collaboration, equality of the protagonists (each one can express himself without hierarchy of actors), flexibility, contribution are the key words of their “game”.
On the other hand, the younger employees benefit of the knowledge of experienced colleagues. This new learning/teaching model is likely to change profoundly the way the company operates.