Mentoring Month

National Mentoring Month

What is National Mentoring Month?

National Mentoring Month is a campaign dedicated to recognizing mentoring and the impact it can have on people’s lives. Whether it’s developing employees, supporting young people, or inspiring and preparing college students, mentoring enables people to unleash their full potential by learning from others.

Established in 2002 and recognized yearly by the US president and administration, National Mentoring Month is a time to celebrate the power of mentoring and encourage others to explore how mentoring programs can enable organizations to create more productive, engaged and satisfied people.

National Mentoring Month 2024 Dates to Recognize

  • January 7 – I am a Mentor Day
  • January 17 – International Mentoring Day
  • January 25 – Thank Your Mentor Day

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How to Engage in National Mentoring Month

1. Get Educated

Understand the benefits of mentoring for mentors, mentees and the organization – whether that’s in the workplace, academic institutions, non-profit organizations or professional associations.

2. Share Your Experience

Share about your mentoring experience with your mentor or mentee on social media using #mentoringmonth. Make a short video, share a quote or tell a quick story about mentoring’s impact on you.

3. Connect with Your Mentoring Partner

Reach out to your mentoring partner and set up your next meeting. Prepare ahead of time what you want to talk about, the goals you want to establish and how you can support them in return. Looking for questions to ask your mentor?

4. Start a Mentoring Program

Set up a mentoring program in your organization. We know that mentoring in the workplace, academic institution and beyond helps to retain, develop and grow talented people. Get started today!

5. Promote Your Mentoring Program

Start promoting your existing mentoring program to desired participants. Use the guidelines and templates in our toolkit to make things simple and effective.

6. Become a Mentoring Champion

Talking about your mentoring experience with a friend, a colleague or in a team or company meeting can entice others to participate or seek out mentoring for themselves.

Why Mentoring is Needed Now, More Than Ever

In today’s rapidly evolving workplace, the constant flux of technological advancements and changes in job demands has created disruptions in traditional employee connection and development.  The traditional avenues for interpersonal connections and knowledge sharing may be compromised. The lack of face-to-face interactions, mentorship opportunities, and collaborative work environments can impede the development of a strong team culture.

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Employee Isolation

The prevalence of remote work and digital collaboration tools, while offering increased flexibility, has inadvertently contributed to a sense of isolation among employees. The physical distance between team members, exacerbated by the lack of in-person interactions, can lead to feelings of disconnection and hinder the natural flow of knowledge sharing and mentorship. More than a quarter (26%) of employees reported they have experienced feelings of loneliness or isolation at work, according to the APA’s 2023 Work in America Survey.

This isolation can be particularly challenging for new employees who may struggle to build meaningful connections with their colleagues. The absence of casual office interactions, such as water cooler chats or impromptu meetings, has created a void in the social fabric of the workplace, contributing to a potential decline in employee engagement and a sense of detachment from the organization’s culture.

Disrupted Development

The disruption in employee development within today’s workforce has substantial implications for morale, career advancement, and connectivity among team members. The rapid pace of change in industries, driven by technology and evolving skill requirements, often leaves employees feeling inadequately equipped to meet the demands of their roles. As a consequence, morale can take a hit as employees grapple with a sense of stagnation and frustration.

Employees who feel that their skills are not aligning with the evolving requirements of their roles perceive limited avenues for professional growth within the organization. A lack of career development and advancement is still one of greatest contributing factors to attrition, according to McKinsey and Company. The absence of clear development paths and skill enhancement opportunities can hinder their ability to progress in their careers. This, in turn, can contribute to a sense of disillusionment and could lead high-potential individuals to seek opportunities elsewhere

Broken Trust

Mistrust between employers and employees has become a prevalent issue in the contemporary workplace, exacerbated by factors such as increased job insecurity, remote work arrangements, and a lack of transparent communication. Employees may feel a sense of uncertainty about the stability of their positions, leading to a breakdown in trust with their employers.

Additionally, the challenges of monitoring remote work can create a perception of micromanagement, further eroding trust. According to the 2022 Edelman Trust Barometer, 79% of employees trust their co-workers ahead of their manager, the head of HR or their CEOEmployers, on the other hand, may struggle with concerns about productivity and accountability, fostering a climate of suspicion. Fostering open and transparent communication, providing clear expectations, and emphasizing mutual trust-building initiatives are essential for rebuilding a positive and collaborative employer-employee relationship in today’s complex work environment.

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