Amanda Schnieders

Amanda Schnieders

As a believer in the innovative capabilities of the modern workplace, Amanda focuses on the ways and processes by which human engagement can change employee productivity and growth in an organization. She is avid about helping companies work smarter, not harder.

How to Promote Employee Social and Mental Wellbeing

Market leaders know that you can’t achieve high profitability without building and caring for a robust and stable workforce. More and more, companies are realizing that their employees are more than the sum of their working hours, sales, or innovation. Your employees are people, first and foremost, and they spend a large portion of their lives at work. And while … Read more

Coaching vs. Mentoring: What’s the Difference?

A recent survey of 3,000 full-time employees representing 21 industries across the US revealed a telling statistic: 76% of people feel having a mentor at work is important. Similarly, Bersin found organizations with excellent cultural support for coaching have 13% stronger business results. And yet, the majority of people currently do not have a mentor or a coach. This is … Read more

How to Discuss Sensitive Topics with Your Mentor or Mentee

Some subjects are just hard to talk about. Whether with colleagues, friends or family, some subjects make us uneasy, which can lead us to avoid them altogether. But mentoring relationships are about the uncomfortable, just as much as the comfortable. Committing to mentorship means allowing yourself to be open to difficult discussions, just as often as you dive into easy … Read more

The Benefits of Virtual Mentoring

March 11, 2020, the day the World Health Organization announced a global pandemic, marked a new era for professional life as we knew it. In less than a month, local and state governments enacted shelter-in-place rules and social distancing guidelines, causing all non-essential businesses to shut their doors and begin working remotely from home. This abrupt and sudden change has … Read more

7 Tips to Eliminating Gender Bias in the Workplace

Toxic work cultures and microaggressions continue to plague the workplace for women. But there are steps organizations can take to help combat gender bias. Read more

Infographic: Career Mentoring Retains and Promotes More Employees for Cox Automotive

With a formal program, Cox Automotive wanted career development to be a vital part of the employee journey—not something left to chance. The company developed a formal and structured career mentoring program to develop and move employees through the talent pipeline, rather than risk them looking for opportunities outside of the company. With the help of Chronus mentoring software, Cox … Read more

Infographic: Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Training Dollars?

Learning that fails to deliver lasting impact is a common problem in business today. Organizations are wasting time and money on training only to be left without the intended upskilling of their employees, bolstering of their leadership bench or progress on company goals. The main problem? Scrap learning. In this infographic, explore how scrap learning is hindering your organization’s training … Read more

Infographic: How Much is Disengagement Costing Your Company?

In our increasingly digital and tech-driven workplace, 87% of employees in the U.S. are not engaged—they are not involved in, enthusiastic about or committed to their work or workplace—according to Gallup’s latest annual research. Read more

Inclusion and the New Workplace: A Conversation with Author Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is an award-winning entrepreneur, dynamic speaker, author and diversity and inclusion expert. She is a passionate social equality advocate committed to helping leaders foster healthier and therefore more productive workplaces, ultimately driving innovation and business results. Informed by more than a decade consulting to Fortune 500 companies, she creates a compelling case for leadership to embrace the opportunity … Read more

Creating a Mentoring Culture: A Conversation with Author Lois Zachary

Lois Zachary is an internationally recognized expert in the field of mentoring. Having authored several books, including Creating a Mentoring Culture: An Organization’s Guide, Zachary has spent her career honing best practices for mentors and mentees and providing organizations tried and true strategies for deploying impactful mentoring programs. As part of our Author Series during the Chronus Summer Reading Book … Read more

Infographic: The Top 5 Workplace Mentoring Program Types

When almost a third of employees employed in their current job for less than six months are already job searching, organizations are turning to tried and true engagement strategies to retain their top talent. Read more

4 Steps to Matching the Right Mentors and Mentees

Employees who are most engaged at work perform 20% better and are 87% less likely to leave the organization. However, without properly matching mentors and mentees, a mentoring program may never reach this kind of impact. Read more

Flash Mentoring: One-Time Learning for Self-Driven Development

The dreaded moment: you have a burning question and no idea where to turn. For most people, this leads to a frantic Google search. But what if you could turn to someone instead of something for answers? With flash mentoring, participants can turn to mentors in order to learn a skill or topic of their choosing in a short amount of time. Read more

Mentoring Program Success Story: Extensis Group’s Career Mentoring Program

Mentoring programs provide numerous benefits to both employees and employers. Perhaps the most obvious is the impact they have on learning and development within the organization. For Extensis Group, a regional professional employer organization headquartered in the NYC area, establishing a growing career mentoring program has helped them to transfer knowledge across the organization, and share company insights across departments … Read more

The Impact of Mentoring: Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound wanted to expand their already established youth mentoring program into the high school space in order to help more at-risk students graduate from high school, go to college, and become positive members of today’s competitive and growing workforce. They partnered with West Seattle High School to create MentorU, a program that pairs classroom learning with a mentoring program between 9th and 10th graders… Read more

SlideShare: Why Gender Diversity Matters at Work

The higher you look in companies, the fewer women you see. Despite making up 47 percent of the workforce, women make up just 29 percent of positions by the time they reach the VP level, and a mere 19 percent by the time they enter the C-Suite. This representation can discourage women from seeking advancement or push them out of … Read more