Best Practices

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 Summer Reading Book Giveaway, … Read more

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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

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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

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Mentoring Software Comparison: What You Should Know

Considering mentoring software? Well, pull up a seat—you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to walk you through the top points to consider as you perform your mentoring software comparison. Mentoring Software Comparison Points 1. Flexible configuration Organizations love mentoring because it fulfills multiple purposes. Depending upon your ultimate goals, there are several different formats that might fit your … Read more

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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

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Is Your Organization’s Lack of Diversity Mentoring Hampering Innovation?

Research shows compelling evidence that diversity unlocks innovation and drives market growth. McKinsey & Company found ethnically diverse companies and gender-diverse companies are respectively 35% and 15% more likely to achieve returns above average. Read more

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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

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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 valuable articles to read! Why Can’t Companies Get Mentorship Programs Right? Mel Jones cuts straight to the point: As much as corporations like to think mentoring is a Band-Aid … 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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