Best Practices

Mentoring Platform: Should You Build One or Buy One?

You’ve decided mentoring is an ideal strategy for developing, growing and retaining top talent within your organization. Congrats, you’ve completed an important first step. Maybe you’ve even tested your mentoring theory in the form of an informal mentoring program. But now you’ve hit the next hurdle — do you need a mentoring platform? You need more structure but you don’t … Read more

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Why Mentoring Matters

Mentoring is not limited to one style, format or place. It can take place in a variety of spaces, such as the workplace or through academic institutions. Relationships can also be established through professional organizations. And some mentoring relationships occur informally amongst networks. Sometimes, mentorship is set up to support career growth and guidance. Sometimes, mentoring supports diversity and inclusion … Read more

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The Future of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

A few years ago, I wrote about the shift from Diversity to Inclusion and how top companies are not only focusing on diversifying their teams but also how to create a more inclusive environment. Unfortunately, not much has changed since then. In fact, the current pandemic crisis is putting the small gains of equity we’ve made at risk as organizations … Read more

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Overcoming Pandemic Fatigue: Tips for Mentors and Mentees

Mentoring has played a new role in the past year. We’ve seen that first hand from our customers. In times when anxieties about career paths have been replaced with fears about just retaining a job at all, mentors and mentees have been support systems, positive influences and, sometimes, even therapists. In order to make sure your mentoring relationships are prepared … Read more

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How to Promote Employee 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

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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

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Why Colleges Should Be Supporting Students With Mentors

One of the main goals of universities is to help students thrive and succeed in any way they can, preparing them for the real world after graduation. Sometimes it can be really difficult for students to make that transition, but mentoring provides extra support that can help new students find their footing in college or soon-to-be-graduates find their place in … Read more

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Why Having Friends at Work Can Help You and Your Team

Everyone has different types of friends; each kind of friend plays a different role in your life. There are friends you have fun with, those who give great advice, those who support you, those who push you to be the best version of yourself, and more. Some friends perform several of these roles. The same can be true of friends … Read more

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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

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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

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How to Build Effective Employee Engagement Strategies

Employee engagement is one of the most important and most prioritized aspects of a business. A recent Gallup poll found that 87% of employees are not engaged in their work, meaning they are not involved in, enthusiastic about or committed to their work or workplace. This lack of engagement costs U.S. companies $450 billion per year in productivity. When you … Read more

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Remote Mentoring: How to Cultivate a Virtual Connection

For many of us, working from home has become the new normal. Coronavirus has turned our way of life upside down and is transforming the way we work. As a result of the acceleration of COVID-19, companies are striving to effectively engage and support millions of remote workers across America. Maintaining a connection when we are socially distancing sounds like … Read more

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5 Tips for Running Mentorship Programs for Remote Employees

Even during more normal times, when work or education occurs on-site and not at makeshift desks at home, there are major benefits to mentorship programs that incorporate the ability to connect virtually. Read more

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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

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Virtual Mentoring In Times of Crisis and Social Isolation

Even before this unprecedented pandemic, our society was feeling more isolated than ever. A 2018 Cigna study found that nearly half of survey respondents felt alone or left out which some researchers claim “can be as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.” Not only are there health ramifications, but according to Harvard Business Review, lonelier workers cost … Read more

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Online Mentoring: How Technology Can Enhance Mentoring Connections

One of the great things about mentoring is the real, human connection that’s created by two or more people. It gets us back to a time before social media – before we considered a “like” a meaningful interaction with another person. Mentoring requires thoughtful conversations, brainstorming and generally diving in deep with someone else. Does that mean that online mentoring … Read more

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