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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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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 ›

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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 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 ›

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How to Set & Measure Mentoring Program Objectives

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. First, consider your mentoring initiative in the context of a higher-level business need. Next, set realistic KPIs and targets. Finally, elaborate on your … 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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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 ›

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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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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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How Mentoring Can Improve Diversity in 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 ›

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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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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 ›

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What are Group Mentoring Programs?

As with most traditional structures, mentoring has its cornerstone: one-to-one relationships. That’s the tried-and-true way. But mentoring has evolved in pace with the corporate and academic landscapes and continues to prove itself as a uniquely impressive machine for powering success. Group mentoring is one of several mentoring varieties on the rise and it’s clear why: we humans naturally tend toward … Read more ›

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Our Tips & Best Practices for Onboarding Programs

Unfortunately, orientation-focused onboarding just isn’t cutting it anymore. Today, strategic onboarding is gaining ground because it helps employees learn and engage in a way that traditional programs can’t manage. Effective programs provide a faster track to productivity while also building strong employee relationships. Essentially, they’re win-win solutions that are tailored to the needs of the organization as well as new … Read more ›

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Infographic: 5 Strategies for a Successful Onboarding Process

Empower your organization with these five strategies for a successful onboarding process. A terrific employee onboarding program ensures your new hires integrate well with your organization, reach productivity quickly, and continue to contribute to your organization for years to come. Want to learn more? Read our complete guide for making your employee onboarding process both strategic and effective. Access Your Employee … Read more ›

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Mentoring: Fixing the Skills Gap through Knowledge Transfer

Every job has one very important thing in common—job-specific knowledge. And implementing an effective plan for knowledge transfer between employees plays a critical part in the long-term success and efficiency of any organization. At any given company, the workforce is made up of people who specialize in different tasks. In addition, veteran employees often have a vast knowledge bank just … Read more ›

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