With employee turnover on the rise, establishing a company mentorship program is now more critical than ever. However, there's a lot to figure out, especially as many businesses maintain hybrid or fully remote workforces. This guide will provide a deep dive into tips and tools you need to establish a formal mentorship program that works for your organization. While it is possible to set up mentoring informally, businesses get the most out of it when they create properly structured mentorship programs.
A well-planned and structured mentoring program provides a clear path for mentees to learn and grow by connecting with a suitable mentor. It needs planning and organization to create an effective mentorship program, including training mentees and mentors on how to make the most of the program.
Well-put-together mentoring programs look to match mentors and mentees carefully to give the best possible results. The matching process is important, and should take into account values and skills, focusing on the human connection to facilitate open sharing of knowledge, wisdom, and learning.
A good program will train both parties to communicate well and work out an efficient and effective path forward. You’ll want to establish company goals and set regular check-ins, deadlines, and mentee goals. This ensures that the mentee keeps moving forward and learning.
Every mentorship program should prioritize:
focus on catalyzing a culture of learning and sharing. Knowledge doesn’t have to come from the top down. Make your team aware of this and make sure it’s a visible part of your company culture.
Think of mentoring as exercise. It’s something you have to practice – teach your employees how to set goals and have impactful conversations with one another.
Your leaders have an obligation to help build out your mentoring pipeline. Incentivize this, and again, make sure mentoring is part of your culture.
Make sure your employees know there is a community to support them. Ultimately mentoring is about building up your people and facilitating human connections.
It isn’t just mentees that get something out of being part of a mentorship program. This really is a case of everyone benefiting.