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11 Best Practices for University Mentoring Programs

Whether it’s preparing students to pursue the career of their dreams or connecting alumni with students or peers to network within their chosen field, university mentoring programs are vital to the academic ecosystem. Academic mentoring can help increase student persistence, alumni connection and academic donorship. A recent survey by Inside Higher Ed found three-quarters of students needed, or would want, … Read more ›

By | October 10, 2023

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 ›

By | July 5, 2022

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 ›

By | January 4, 2023

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 ›

By | September 15, 2022

How to Measure Mentorship Programs

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 ›

By | July 31, 2023

10 Successful Mentoring Program Best Practices

Mentoring programs are a great method to boost employee development, engagement, and retention at any company. Nine out of 10 workers with a mentor said they were satisfied with their jobs; more than half rated themselves “very satisfied,” according to CNBC/SurveyMonkey. Start your program off right with mentoring best practices curated by our mentoring experts. Attention to a few important … Read more ›

By | November 7, 2023

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 ›

By | July 31, 2018

What is a Career Lattice?

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

By | August 8, 2023

How to Build a Useful Mentorship Survey

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 ›

By | October 10, 2023

Sponsorship vs Mentorship: Why Not Both?

People have long wondered — sponsorship vs mentorship, which is right for my organization or my career? But both have been used to give people a critical boost early in their careers. The two practices have a lot in common, but they do have different definitions and functions. While both can have a big impact in their own way, they … Read more ›

By | January 23, 2024

How to Set & Measure Mentoring Program Objectives

To harness ongoing support for your program, measuring mentoring success is key. Conducting a top-down mentoring program evaluation should include organizational objectives, key performance indicators (KPIs), targets, and segments. In order to understand the true ROI of mentoring, you must plan, design and measure with intention. First, consider your mentoring initiative in the context of a higher-level business need. Next, … Read more ›

By | November 7, 2023

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 ›

By | October 10, 2023

Women Mentors: Mentoring Women for Leadership

Women leaders are in the midst of a “Great Breakup,” changing jobs at unprecedented rates, according to a 2022 MicKinsey report. With women already lacking leadership representation at U.S. companies— only one in four C-suite leaders is a woman, and only one in 20 is a woman of color—this trend should be sounding alarm bells for corporations.   Women leaders … Read more ›

By | May 17, 2023

How to Be a Good Mentor

Mentoring rewards can be enormous but it does take effort and of course, preparation. Many people are able to identify someone who mentored them as they were just starting out professionally, or in school, or perhaps was simply a positive role model growing up. Mentorships, whether formal or informal, offer a wealth of knowledge and opportunity for the present and … Read more ›

By | September 1, 2022

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. But your company hired someone with a carefully detailed resume, who interviewed well and appeared to be a positive addition to the team and culture. Most likely, the candidate didn’t have to demonstrate a variety of high-performance skills … Read more ›

By | June 13, 2023

How Diversity Mentoring Programs Help Organizations

For many companies, a diverse workplace is an important part of encouraging business objectives such as employee engagement and retention. A Deloitte survey found 39 percent of respondents would leave their current organization for a more inclusive one. Diversity is important – but are HR professionals managing their programs in a way that ensures as much impact as possible? And … Read more ›

By | October 25, 2023

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 ›

By | October 10, 2023

How Software Can Help Your Onboarding Goals

When it comes to making your onboarding program strategic and effective to meet your hr goals, you might have already added collaborative learning and extended the program time frame. Great job – you’re on your way to an improved program. But what should your next steps be? Here’s the thing – manually running your onboarding program can only do so much. … Read more ›

By | September 15, 2022

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