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How Youth Mentoring Builds the Talent of Tomorrow While Helping Organizations Today

Youths who have mentors are more likely to succeed in many areas of life. According to Youth.gov, young people with at least one caring mentor in their lives are more likely to graduate high school and attend college. They are less likely to fall victim to substance abuse, and less likely to be incarcerated. Research from “The Mentoring Effect” says … Read more

Aya Titus 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

Aya Titus By

How Mobile Access Drives More Productive Mentoring

Smartphones have transformed the way we live, work and play. The Pew Research Institute says 92% of adults own a cellphone, 68% own smartphones, and almost half own a tablet. More and more of our day-to-day tasks are accessible via mobile because it’s a lot more convenient than sitting down with a laptop or desktop. And this trend isn’t going … Read more

Stephanie Barton By

Mentoring: What is it and Why Does it Matter?

There’s a lot of buzz around mentoring lately, but that doesn’t mean mentoring is simply a passing fad. So what’s the big deal? Mentoring is quickly becoming one of the go-to methods for increasing employee engagement, development and retention. Over 70 percent of Fortune 500 companies offer corporate mentoring programs to their employees. Let’s take a deep dive into what … Read more

Stephanie Barton By

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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Modern Mentoring & Millennials: Employee Development in a Shifting Workforce

We all know the workforce is changing. According to Forbes, millennials make up 40 percent of the workforce today and are predicted to make up 75 percent of the workforce by 2026. This massive shift means it’s a must for employers to attract, develop and retain millennial talent. With this in mind, what then are organizations doing to attract millennial … Read more

Stephanie Barton By

Strategic Onboarding: Scale for Success

Onboarding a group of new employees can be a challenge. With employees spread across departments, locations, and competencies, managing this process efficiently takes work. Not to mention onboarding programs have multiple stakeholders – each with their own goals. If employees aren’t engaged and don’t feel that they’re making meaningful contributions, they may be tempted to seek a position elsewhere. Over … Read more

Stephanie Barton By

Why Workplace Friendships Are Essential to Employee Engagement

I’m willing to bet you, dear reader, have come across an article (or ten) about the importance of employee engagement. We’ve been hearing a lot about this topic with people saying it’s crucial, companies that have engaged workforces see lower turnover and higher profits, and we’d all do well to invest in programs that promote employee engagement. But here’s something … Read more

Aya Titus By

How to use the Kirkpatrick Model to Measure Modern Mentoring

One of the most crucial factors to success with mentoring programs is measuring outcomes. After all, how do you know if your goals were accomplished if you don’t take a hard look at the results of your program? But how do you know what to measure? How do you know what questions to ask in order to ensure success? We … Read more

Stephanie Barton By

Not your Grandfather’s Mentoring: Webinar Highlights

Last week we presented a webcast with ATD called “Not Your Grandfather’s Mentoring — Strategies to Engage, Develop and Retain Employees,” featuring by our very own Customer Success Manager Aya Titus. In it, Aya explained the concept of modern mentoring and outlined three innovative strategies that drive success. You can watch the on-demand ATD webcast or read on for the highlights. Modern Mentoring The idea … Read more

Stephanie Barton By

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 … 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

Stephanie Barton By

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

Sherry Tiao By

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

Sherry Tiao By

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

Kira Fickenscher By

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

Sherry Tiao By