Scope of the scheme
The scheme is open to all early career academic staff of Monash University Malaysia and other academic staff who perceive value from a mentoring relationship. While this scheme is especially aimed at supporting academic staff at Levels A and B, any other academic staff member can self-select into this mentoring scheme.
Boundaries and concerns
A number of boundaries and concerns about successful mentoring relationships were identified from the focus group discussions. To maintain quality outcomes of the scheme, these issues need to be considered, discussed with key stakeholders and addressed accordingly.
- Conflict between the mentoring system and the performance supervision system (e.g. conflicting opinions or roles between supervisors and mentors)
- Peer resentment of mentee-mentor relationship
- Boundaries of mentoring and lack of resources
- Time-commitment and high emotional support, especially in the early stage of the mentoring relationship
- Fostering of dependency and inappropriate demands
- Need for appropriate evaluation
- The ability to withdraw from the relationship
Since there will be occasions when issues emerge that are outside the scope of the mentoring role, it is important for both parties (i.e. mentee and mentor) to recognize the limitations of the mentoring relationship. Moreover, if there are issues related to health and social welfare, mentees should be advised to refer to Monash Malaysia information and resources on these matters. In addition, mentors and mentees should be aware of power and gender dynamics in the mentoring relationship. If such issues arise, mentors and mentees are advised to refer to Monash Malaysia’s good practices and principles on “Equal Opportunity” and on “Wellbeing and Support” published on the Monash Malaysia Business Rule webpage at -http://www.monash.edu.my/executive-services/policy/business-rules.html. Mentors and mentees can also seek advice from Human Resources.