Even with all these benefits, very few employees and corporations have experience with this proven leadership training practice.
- Slightly more than one third (34 per cent) have had a mentor in the workplace (more prevalent among men than women — 37 per cent vs. 32 per cent)
- Structured mentoring programs have a very low penetration in the North American workplace. Only 16 per cent of respondents say that their companies have such programs in place
- 70 per cent don’t have mentoring programs, and another 13 per cent are not aware of them
- Nearly a quarter (74 per cent) of companies with mentoring programs offer them only within the organization, and 20 per cent offer both internal and outreach mentoring programs
Structured mentoring is an inexpensive management tool that reduces the isolation felt by an employee at work and increases his or her desire to work with and remain with the company.
About the author:
Dr. Mary Donohue is founder of the Donohue Mentoring System. She is Adjunct Professor, School of Business Administration, Dalhousie University, Faculty of Graduate Studies. For more information call 416-564-2944.