In Your Office.
67% of women rate mentorship as highly important in helping to advance and grow their careers, yet 63% of women have never had a formal mentor.
Establish a Mentor Program at Work
In study after study the benefits of being mentored, and mentoring, are invaluable to employees and companies. In one Gartner/Wharton study, employees who mentored were promoted six times more often than their peers who did not mentor; 25% of employees who mentored received a salary grade change in comparison to 5% of employees who didn’t. In addition, the study determined employees who participated in a mentoring program had a retention rate 20% higher than those who did not mentor. Mentoring is good for the employee and the employer.
Encourage female veteran employees to go have coffee or lunch with a junior staff member. Invite new hires to shadow senior employees on projects and in committees. Having female mentors is especially important to young women as they navigate the unique challenges of becoming a successful, thriving woman in both their professional and personal lives.
Use Stand Beside Her Month as a launching point to start a new mentoring program and expand employee relationships.
Organize a breakfast, coffee or lunch to discuss personal successes and aspirations for the coming year. Showcase possibilities when women work together.