What is the Difference Between Coaching and Mentoring?

Professional development is vital for creating a work environment where employees thrive. Up to 49% of millennials plan to quit their job within two years, and one way to avoid this costly turnover is to provide opportunity for your employees to better themselves personally and professionally. Two tools that work wonderfully for this: coaching and mentoring.

Although the terms coaching and mentoring are often used interchangeably, there are distinct differences  between the two, and it’s important to know when it’s best to use each. Failing to recognize and understand these subtle differences between coaching and mentoring can also obscure objectives and lead to confusion among employees.

So, what are the differences between coaching and mentoring, and how can you use both to maximize your team’s potential? First, let’s define them.

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