We have helped a number of great organisations with their mentoring programs, and wanted to share a few of the tips that have proven to be successful.
Note: If you would prefer to see some real-life examples, take a look here to see a few examples of the best company mentoring programs – including the mentoring efforts of Intel and Deloitte.
Onto the TOP 10 tips for running a successful mentoring program:
1. Ensure you have management buy-in
Ask a senior member of staff and/or divisional heads to promote the programs in company-wide emails are announcements. Management buy-in is the first step – and absolutely critical in creating employee buy-in.
2. Focus on what success looks like
Define program objectives before the start of the program. If you use Mentorloop, you can integrate goal-setting into the Mentorloop recruitment form so you can measure against initial goals and gauge the success of the program.
3. Set expectations early
Inspire mentees to be proactive; they have the most to gain from the experience.
4. Get people excited
Bring awareness to the program launch date of with an event. Even a small event ensures mentorship is top-of-mind for employees and management, resulting in better engagement & better outcomes.
5. Actively engage participants
Set tasks for mentees to remind them to introduce themselves and schedule their first meetings. Share checklists to coach them through the process – and show them what good mentoring looks like.
6. Leverage resources and content
Utilise the resources – including checklists – that we have handcrafted for you. Visit our resource page to check out some of the content, which you can share with your program participants.
7. Monitor and manage
Identify participants who have not yet communicated or are lacking engagement, and find out why. If you are using mentoring software, leverage pulse surveys and program reports to receive goal-setting and satisfaction updates.
8. Don’t force it
Life happens. If the situation of a mentor or mentee changes (available time, personal issues etc.), feel free to remove them from the program and re-match the other user.
9. Drip feed engagement
Ensure program participants are receiving resources and content which supplement their mentorships. If you use Mentorloop, you can enable content tracks, which allow supporting materials and content to be automatically piped to mentees. After the first month, send a check-in email and ‘thanks for partaking’ note.
10. Use us, we are here to help
We are here to be your mentoring software provider and mentoring consultants. Feel free to reach out to us about anything mentoring related, including how-to’s, must-do’s, and don’t do’s.
11. Bonus tip (And slightly biased tip)
Take a look at how mentoring software can help your program. Mentorloop combines mentoring best practices with modern technology to make mentoring management easy – and improve participant engagement and mentoring outcomes.