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Top 10 Mentoring Program Best Practices

Mentoring programs are a great method to boost employee development, engagement, and retention at any company. Start your program off right with our top tips on mentoring program best practices gathered together from our internal staff. Attention to a few important details can make all the difference in ensuring effectiveness for your mentoring program. Watch our quick video to learn our top … Read more

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Video: How to Start a High-Impact Mentoring Program

Deciding to implement a mentoring program is a great strategy for improving employee metrics like retention. A report from PeopleFluent shows that 78.8 percent of millennials said being a part of a mentorship program made them feel more engaged with their organization. As with any major project, proper planning is crucial to achieving your strategic goals. We’ve found that mentoring programs … Read more

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Mentoring Works: Top Use Cases and Best Practices for Veteran Mentoring Programs

Mentoring is effective for developing relationships, which is why many organizations find it beneficial for uses such as diversity and developing women as leaders. But mentoring is also highly successful when it comes to supporting members of the military. Why is this important? In 2013, the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University found that 15 percent of the companies they surveyed had a veteran … Read more

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Mentoring: A Key Part of the Career Lattice

Imagine a typical workplace scenario: Dave has had the same job for three years. Dave likes his company and is successful in his current role, but has recently found himself struggling to stay engaged and motivated by his daily tasks. A traditional response to Dave’s dilemma might be that he either needs to move up or get out. However, a … Read more

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Mentoring Best Practices: Survey for Future Needs

So you’re considering starting a new mentoring program. That’s fantastic! But in order to make it truly successful, it’s important to survey and evaluate your mentoring program needs. For example, how would your organization use mentoring most effectively? How can you ensure participants get what they want out of it? You can make some reasonable guesses as to what people want. … Read more

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Sponsorship vs. Mentoring: Why Not Both?

In the world of talent strategy cultivation, there has long been a debate about which is needed more – mentoring or sponsorship? Sponsorship vs. Mentoring According to Sylvia Ann Hewlett, President and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation, the short answer is that mentors advise and sponsors act. But what does that mean? As Hewlett explains, “Mentors shine as … Read more

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Tips for Measuring & Evaluating Mentoring Program Success

To harness ongoing support for your program, measuring mentoring success is key. Conducting a top-down goal analysis should include organizational objectives, key performance indicators (KPIs), targets, and segments. First, consider your mentoring initiative in the context of a higher-level business need. Next, set realistic KPIs and targets. Finally, elaborate on your strategy with segments and specific measurement tactics. Watch our … Read more

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The Importance of an Employee Development Plan

The landscape of today’s workplace isn’t what it was twenty years ago. It’s not even what it was twenty minutes ago – today’s environment is both fast-paced and competitive. Ninety-one percent of millennials (born between 1977-1997) expect to stay in a job for fewer than three years. That makes it all the more imperative that employers find a way to … Read more

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Mentoring Works: Mentoring Women for Leadership

Mentors often guide us through some of our toughest challenges and help us achieve advancement in sometimes complex environments. However, according to LinkedIn’s Nicole Williams, one in five women say they’ve never had a mentor in the workplace. This should be concerning to employers. In many sectors, especially in tech and finance, women face additional challenges moving up the ladder. … Read more

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Onboarding & Career Development: O’Shea

Chronus customer Tess Fyalka, Director of Employee Development and Engagement at O’Shea, walked us through how their onboarding and career development programs work. We’ve provided an edited video and transcript of the interview for your convenience. Why Onboarding & Career Development? Tess Fyalka, Director of Employee Development and Engagement at O’Shea: Founded in 1902, O’Shea is a commercial construction company based in … Read more

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How to Be a Good Mentor

Click through the SlideShare for a quick-hits version of how to be a good mentor, or read the full article below. Congratulations on your new mentoring relationship! Mentoring rewards can be enormous but it does take effort and of course, preparation. There’s plenty of advice out there how to be a good mentor and much of it is solid. However, … Read more

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How to Coach Great Employees

How do you coach great employees? First it’s important to acknowledge that employees, even the best ones, can do with some coaching. I often encounter this belief in the corporate world: “We hire employees with the skills they need to do their job.” But your company hired someone with a carefully detailed resume, who interviewed well, and appeared to be … Read more

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High Potentials Mentoring: Viceroy Hotels

Chronus customer Roberto Vizcaino, Vice President of Learning & Development at Viceroy Hotel Group, joined us to discuss the processes and challenges of developing a high potentials mentoring program. We’ve provided an edited transcript of the interview for your convenience. Why High Potentials Mentoring? Aya: Hi, this is Aya at Chronus. I’m a customer success manager and today I have … Read more

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Modern Mentoring: Career Development Through Flash Mentoring

There is no mistaking it: business hierarchies are changing at a perceptibly rapid pace. Previously, companies had clearly mapped rungs for employees to climb the corporate ladder. In today’s world, the corporate ladder has flattened (Bersin 2009). This means employees aren’t promoted as often and in turn companies must offer career development to keep their employees engaged. One of the ways to … Read more

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From David Clutterbuck: Building Your Mentor Pool

Successful mentoring programs may vary in format, length, and focus, but they all have one thing in common: a strong base of mentors. If you’re lucky, your program already has an abundance of great mentors. But if you think your mentoring pool could be improved, you’ll want to learn from Professor David Clutterbuck, a leading expert on mentoring, author of … Read more

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Mentoring Works: Diversity in Organizations

For many companies, a diverse workplace is an important part of encouraging business objectives such as employee engagement and retention. As Iliana Castillo-Frick of SHRM said, “By fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion, organizations will attract and retain the highest level of talent.” Diversity is important – but are HR professionals managing their programs in a way that ensures … Read more

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Career Mentoring Program Snapshot: Bridgestone Americas

Recently, Vince Reardon featured Bridgestone Americas, a Chronus customer, and their successful career mentoring program on his Mentoring Today podcast. We’ve provided a condensed and edited transcript of the interview for your convenience. Vince Reardon: Some employees go back to college to get advanced degrees. Others seek out challenging, high-profile work assignments. While these are sensible career moves, they aren’t … Read more

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Modern Mentoring: Mentoring Circles

By now, you’ve likely heard that mentoring is a big deal. Why, you ask? Well, for starters, it engages employees. Among other things, retention is 25 percent higher for employees who have engaged in company-sponsored mentoring (Deloitte Research Brief, 2012). So it’s no wonder that organizations across all industries and sizes are jumping on the bandwagon and giving this mentoring … Read more

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