Best Practices

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

Amanda Schnieders By

8 Mentoring Articles Every HR Employee Should Read to Stay a Step Ahead

We’ve curated the top articles we’ve read on mentoring, so you can spend less time hoping to ingest everything, and more time on consuming the right things. Here are our eight most valuable articles to read before the summer is up! Why Can’t Companies Get Mentorship Programs Right? Mel Jones cuts straight to the point: As much as corporations like … Read more

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Mentoring Program Growing Pains: When’s the Right Time for Software?

There’s a reason 71% of Fortune 500 companies offer mentoring programs to their employees. A well run mentoring program is an effective strategy to engage, develop and retain more people at an organization. But the key phrase there is well run, because if a program isn’t, it can actually do more harm than good. According to The Atlantic, “researchers have … Read more

Stephanie Barton By

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Mentor?

Should I become a mentor? Can I be a mentor? For most people, it’s hard to know when exactly it is that someone accumulates enough experience and wisdom to be able to guide another person. I’ll let you in on a secret: most people are ready for the role before they think. All of us have experiences that can help … Read more

Amanda Schnieders By

Four Tips for Becoming a Successful Mentee

For most people, being a mentor or a mentee doesn’t come naturally, but everyone has the potential to succeed in a mentoring relationship. Sometimes, it just takes a little guidance. This video series breaks down the first steps in preparing for mentorship, and provides tips for finding the right mentor to guide you in career growth, skill development, and other … Read more

Amanda Schnieders By

University Mentoring: Do Your Student Initiatives Serve the Modern Student?

More people are seeking higher education than ever before. The National Student Clearinghouse says an estimated 20 million students attended colleges and universities in the fall of 2016—about 5 million more than attended in the fall of 2000. But they also revealed that nearly half of college students don’t end up graduating. In fact, USNEWS found 1 in 3 college freshmen … Read more

Stephanie Barton By

Why More Companies Are Turning to Mentoring Circles to Elevate Women

Despite modern movements to elevate women in the workforce, women continue to experience a significant drop-off in workforce participation from entry level to C-Suite—a 27 percent drop-off to be exact. Organizations that fail to engage or advance women employees aren’t just perceived negatively for their D&I commitments, it’s also bad for business. Read more

Amanda Schnieders By

Infographic: The Importance of Gender Diversity in the Workplace

While women now account for 47 percent of the workforce, they are still greatly underrepresented in leadership roles with only 19 percent occupying C-level positions. Learn why creating more gender diverse teams is essential for your organization to perform at its best in our new infographic. Bonus: We’ve also included three ways your organization can enable women to thrive in … Read more

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Pitching Career Mentoring to Stakeholders: Four Questions To Prepare For

Starting a mentoring initiative at your organization is exciting. You’ve researched the options for best program format and put together a solid plan for your company. Perhaps you’ve even put together a return-on-investment (ROI) analysis. However, there’s always the final stage of the process before committing to launch—pitching career mentoring to stakeholders and securing their approval. Gaining leadership approval for … Read more

Aya Titus By

RMIT University’s Award-Winning Student Mentoring

An Award-Winning Student Mentoring Program Australia’s RMIT University, was recognized by the Victorian International Education Awards for their student mentoring program aimed at international students. RMIT received the award for Excellence in International Student Employability and Career Development, solidifying their reputation for producing graduates who are highly valued by employers worldwide. RMIT’s mentoring program matches industry professionals and alumni with … Read more

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Mentoring Helps Professional Associations Recruit and Retain Members

Professional associations connect professionals within an industry in order to share industry insight and encourage learning and networking. But recruiting and retaining younger members is becoming a challenge for many associations. A study by Horizons found that 87.3 percent of respondents agreed attracting younger members to their organizations is a growing problem. Without a steady flow of new members to … Read more

Stephanie Barton By

10 Tips: University Mentoring Programs

Jump-start your university mentoring programs and put them on the path to success with these key program-planning tips. 1. Define your objectives and secure leadership support You would be surprised by the number of university mentoring programs without clear objectives or strong buy-in. Such programs often struggle because there is no consensus of what success looks like for students and … Read more

Kira Fickenscher By

Why the Modern Workforce Won’t Stop Craving Mentoring

All it took was five seconds. This past summer, I saw my small cousin waddle over to a phone, unlock the device, and within moments, navigate to cartoons from the comfort of his play pen. As a one-year-old, he had more trouble walking to the device than using it. That’s the trend of things today. The present and upcoming generations … Read more

Seena Mortazavi By

How the Right Admin Could Make or Break Your Mentoring Program

When launching a new mentoring program, having an administrator that’s ready and able to manage the program, stakeholders, and tools can be a huge factor in the success of the program. In fact, it can mean the difference between a program that thrives and grows into a best practice, or one that fizzles out after a pilot. According to a … Read more

Aya Titus By

Why Building a Strong Learning Culture Can’t Wait

Humans naturally tend towards learning. We will do so almost subconsciously.  Consider a child picking up the accent of their parents, or learning a song without ever looking up the lyrics. At the workplace, the learning culture consists of the expectations, rhetoric, and support that determine whether and how individuals learn. Whether  your organization is deliberately building a learning culture or not, some … Read more

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Solving Your Engagement Problem: How to Create Harmony with Your Millennial Workforce

So you’re having a problem keeping millennial employees engaged and thriving at your company, right? It’s okay, many do. In 2015, only 32% of employees were considered engaged at work. Low engagement is tightly correlated to increased turnover, and the cost of turnover is substantial. Gallup estimates that millennial turnover costs the US economy $30.5 billion annually. There’s got to … Read more

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