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June 15, 2021
How to Engage Remote Employees: 7 Proven Strategies
A key issue for businesses is how to maintain or increase remote employee engagement. Here are 7 science-back strategies to increase remote employee engagement.
June 9, 2021
29 Questions To Ask Your Mentor In Your Next Meeting
What are good questions to ask a mentor? Every mentor/mentee relationship is different so don’t take a cookie-cutter approach. Prepare questions that feel right for you and that you think will help build a successful mentoring relationship. But, to help get you started, we’ve put together a list of ideas and conversation topics. 
June 8, 2021
How To Pair Mentors and Mentees?
Mentorships can either succeed or fail based on the relationship between participants. Creating compatible mentoring matches is one of the biggest challenges of managing a workplace mentoring program. To get it right, you’ll need to know what makes a good match and how to cultivate the relationship.
June 3, 2021
4 Simple Steps To Building a Diverse Workplace: A Case Study
Companies that aren’t intentionally hiring for diversity will quickly slide into a homogenous workforce. Mailshake, an email automation company experienced this first-hand. After building their company for four years they realized that it was mostly white males. They wanted to become a more diverse company and they did so through a simple process that any company can replicate.
June 2, 2021
An Employer’s Guide on Working from Home
The popularity of remote working has been growing for a few years. But the current COVID-19 pandemic accelerated this trend so much it became our reality. Even when the pandemic is over, working from home will remain a common way for us to do work, although in a slightly modified version. Regardless of your views on having the home office, your workforce expects you to give them the opportunity of using one. So how can you manage that? Where do you start? We’ve got you covered with our employer’s guide on working from home. 
June 2, 2021
4-Step Employee Onboarding Program Checklist
There’s nothing worse than starting at a new job and not understanding what’s expected of you. A good onboarding checklist is integral to that onboarding process. As you assemble yours, remember that when your new hires finish onboarding, they should be both acclimated to their work and better equipped to perform it than they were on arrival. 
May 31, 2021
How to Introduce an Employee Mentor Program into a Hybrid Workplace
Hybrid workplaces will become the norm. It’s important that companies don’t let their employees in the office receive more support and professional development than those who are remote or hybrid. For that reason running employee mentoring programs is essential to keeping hybrid workplaces engaged and performing at a high level. 
May 28, 2021
Benefits Of Workforce Automation: Tasks You Can Automate
Integrative solutions will become increasingly common as the future of HR is automated, and many companies are now using workforce management systems to streamline their processes. Considering all of the advantages of automating your workforce management procedures, this should come as no surprise. If you've decided that automation is the way to go for your business, save our workforce management requirements checklist to explore the capabilities of HR solutions in more detail.
June 3, 2021
4 Simple Steps To Building a Diverse Workplace: A Case Study
Companies that aren’t intentionally hiring for diversity will quickly slide into a homogenous workforce. Mailshake, an email automation company experienced this first-hand. After building their company for four years they realized that it was mostly white males. They wanted to become a more diverse company and they did so through a simple process that any company can replicate.
April 27, 2021
Inspirational workplace mentoring activities
Workplace mentoring programs are a valuable tool that organizations have to help employees grow professionally and personally. They can also be assets for companies looking to engage employees and reduce turnover rates. Building a connection between a mentor and mentee can be a struggle at first. Yet it is this connection that is key to a successful mentorship experience. Here are some creative and innovative activity ideas that mentors and mentees can do together to build a bond. 
May 12, 2021
Why does your organization need a mentoring program?
The way we work is changing rapidly and the necessity to move with the times increases as each day passes. Gone are the days of metaphorically throwing new employees into the deep end with expectations to pick up and learn their role as they work. Companies recognize that learning and knowledge sharing is crucial to keep up with fast-changing business needs, and to ensure a satisfied workforce.
June 8, 2021
Biggest challenges to workplace diversity
According to McKinsey, companies that have more racial and cultural diversity in leadership roles are 35 percent more likely to have higher financial returns. Those businesses that have more women in executive positions are 25 percent more likely to earn more. But it is not just a matter of companies with strong diversity doing better financial; companies that rank near the bottom for workplace diversity underperform by 27 percent. It is clear to see that organizations that employ diversity programs are bound to see payoffs. Yet, getting these types of programs off the ground can be a challenge. Here are some of the biggest challenges to workplace diversity that companies will face and how to overcome them.
June 8, 2021
How mentor matching software works
Organizations looking to improve productivity, boost employee engagement and reduce turnover rates often turn to workplace mentoring programs as tools to help. That’s because mentorships have been proven to work. And that’s why over 70 percent of Fortune 500 companies have mentoring programs in their workplaces. 
June 17, 2021
The Benefits of Flash Mentoring
Mentoring can benefit anyone at any stage of their career. From senior employees to new hires, workplace mentoring programs are ideal tools for training and development. Business strategies that focus on talent development should always have a mentoring component.
March 22, 2021
What is an ERG?
Organizations that aim to build an inclusive and diverse culture can use employee resource groups or ERGs to achieve their goals. These groups offer a space for employees to unite together and have a positive impact on the business. Research has found that about 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies have ERGs. 
March 22, 2021
Employee Resource Group Best Practices
Employee resource groups(ERG) are not just valuable tools for workers, but they have many benefits for employers too, including: Increase employee engagement; Reduce turnover; Meet diversity goals; Talent development; Leadership training; Cultivate a positive workplace atmosphere; Foster innovation; Recruitment.
June 2, 2021
4-Step Employee Onboarding Program Checklist
There’s nothing worse than starting at a new job and not understanding what’s expected of you. A good onboarding checklist is integral to that onboarding process. As you assemble yours, remember that when your new hires finish onboarding, they should be both acclimated to their work and better equipped to perform it than they were on arrival. 
May 12, 2021
Why does your organization need a mentoring program?
The way we work is changing rapidly and the necessity to move with the times increases as each day passes. Gone are the days of metaphorically throwing new employees into the deep end with expectations to pick up and learn their role as they work. Companies recognize that learning and knowledge sharing is crucial to keep up with fast-changing business needs, and to ensure a satisfied workforce.
June 8, 2021
How mentor matching software works
Organizations looking to improve productivity, boost employee engagement and reduce turnover rates often turn to workplace mentoring programs as tools to help. That’s because mentorships have been proven to work. And that’s why over 70 percent of Fortune 500 companies have mentoring programs in their workplaces. 
May 25, 2021
Hiring vs promoting to fill a management role
The hiring process can be exciting, but it can also be daunting. While there are only two possibilities for filling a vacancy; hiring externally or promoting from within; it is not always clear what the right choice is. There are advantages and challenges to both options, including time and costs. 
March 22, 2021
Helping new managers fit in
Helping new managers be successful and fit into the company culture requires more than merely onboarding them, as one global survey found. Egon Zehnder’s online survey found 57 percent of leaders took over six months to be effective in their new job. One-third reported becoming a manager was a complicated process. Those surveyed indicated the top problems were not skilled-related, but instead interpersonal. Sixty-nine percent indicated they had a poor grasp of how the organization worked, while 65 percent said they felt like a cultural misfit and 57 percent had trouble connecting with their peers. 
May 14, 2021
Develop Leadership Skills with a Mentor
There are many reasons organizations adopt mentoring programs, aside from the fact that they are now considered a good practice as a formatted and tracked route to progression within the workplace.Mentoring offers an opportunity to develop skills, build relationships and map out a career path that for some, may currently seem beyond reach.
May 17, 2021
Onboarding new hires as a line manager
Onboarding new employees is one of the best ways to make them feel comfortable and improve their engagement with your organization. Unfortunately, a high number of organizations do not have successful onboarding practices. In a recent survey by HubSpot, 40 percent of respondents said their organization’s onboarding process was less than par. 
May 18, 2021
Best Ways to Onboard Remote Employees
Research has found that 4.7 million employees work remotely. Remote work has grown 44 percent over the past few years. Researchers also found that companies that have remote workers have seen a growth in productivity. So, whether you have been working with remote teams for a long time or are new to the process, there are some good reasons to develop a onboarding program for new employees who will be working from home. 
May 7, 2021
High potential remote working
Leadership development can be a challenge no matter what company you work for. Unfortunately, statistics show that businesses fail to identify the best talent 82 percent of the time. 
April 20, 2021
Making the Most of High Potential People in Your Organization
High potential people are valuable to have at your workplace. They are not only high performing and can boost your productivity levels, but they also have the capability to be successful in supervising and managerial positions. 
April 20, 2021
How to Hang onto Your High Potentials
Hanging on to high potential employees is challenging. Competition with other companies is strong as most employees are constantly searching for career growth opportunities. Research has found that many people already in full-time jobs are still passively seeking a better job somewhere else. The average job posting gets 250 applicants. So, even if you have all your positions filled, it may not stay that way for long.
April 20, 2021
High Potential Employees
One of the hot topics when it comes to employee retention is the value of High Potential Employees and what companies are doing to utilize this resource, while continuing to support their goals. Studies show that 79 percent of people in the U.S. alone cite “lack of appreciation” as one of the main reasons for leaving a job. It is the employees with high potential (or HiPos) that make up most of this bracket. They have worked hard and made their goals clear but feel like they are not getting anywhere.
May 31, 2021
How to Introduce an Employee Mentor Program into a Hybrid Workplace
Hybrid workplaces will become the norm. It’s important that companies don’t let their employees in the office receive more support and professional development than those who are remote or hybrid. For that reason running employee mentoring programs is essential to keeping hybrid workplaces engaged and performing at a high level. 
May 18, 2021
15 mentorship program ideas: How to structure a mentorship program
Meeting someone for the first time in a one-on-one situation can be nerve-racking. Building up trust and rapport with a mentor or mentee takes time. Setting up some structure for meetings is an excellent way to keep the conversation going. Here are some creative activities that you can do together to build on your connection.
May 13, 2021
10 Ways to Spot a Toxic Mentor
Workplace mentoring has become one of the most powerful tools that organizations have to enhance employee engagement, reduce turnover, and boost productivity. Good mentors value mentees. And good mentorships are built on trust and respect. Without these vital elements, mentoring can become toxic. Here are 10 signs that your mentor may be toxic.
June 16, 2021
How to build a people-first culture through mentorship
Mentoring partnerships are one of the best ways to transfer knowledge, develop expertise, and help people grow in the workplace. But to get the most out of these partnerships, you need a people-first approach. In this post, we’ll show you why recognizing mentee learning needs makes such a difference, and offer practical tips to empower your mentees–and your wider teams–to share their learning goals.
May 11, 2021
Learning at work is broken. Here's how we're fixing it.
Peer to peer learning: A new way forward for Learning at Work
May 12, 2021
Why does your organization need a mentoring program?
The way we work is changing rapidly and the necessity to move with the times increases as each day passes. Gone are the days of metaphorically throwing new employees into the deep end with expectations to pick up and learn their role as they work. Companies recognize that learning and knowledge sharing is crucial to keep up with fast-changing business needs, and to ensure a satisfied workforce.
March 22, 2021
Workplace mentoring - A Quick Start Guide
Starting a workplace mentoring program is one of the most positive things you can do for your organization. Through mentorships you can improve employee engagement, enhance employee skillset, and onboarding new hires. Compared to workshops and training for your employees, starting a mentoring program is an affordable way to make a positive impact on your business. But it is important to know that successful mentoring programs don’t just happen. It takes some investment to start and manage workplace mentorships. 
June 17, 2021
The Benefits of Flash Mentoring
Mentoring can benefit anyone at any stage of their career. From senior employees to new hires, workplace mentoring programs are ideal tools for training and development. Business strategies that focus on talent development should always have a mentoring component.
June 15, 2021
How to Engage Remote Employees: 7 Proven Strategies
A key issue for businesses is how to maintain or increase remote employee engagement. Here are 7 science-back strategies to increase remote employee engagement.
June 8, 2021
How To Pair Mentors and Mentees?
Mentorships can either succeed or fail based on the relationship between participants. Creating compatible mentoring matches is one of the biggest challenges of managing a workplace mentoring program. To get it right, you’ll need to know what makes a good match and how to cultivate the relationship.
June 3, 2021
4 Simple Steps To Building a Diverse Workplace: A Case Study
Companies that aren’t intentionally hiring for diversity will quickly slide into a homogenous workforce. Mailshake, an email automation company experienced this first-hand. After building their company for four years they realized that it was mostly white males. They wanted to become a more diverse company and they did so through a simple process that any company can replicate.
June 2, 2021
4-Step Employee Onboarding Program Checklist
There’s nothing worse than starting at a new job and not understanding what’s expected of you. A good onboarding checklist is integral to that onboarding process. As you assemble yours, remember that when your new hires finish onboarding, they should be both acclimated to their work and better equipped to perform it than they were on arrival. 
May 31, 2021
How to Introduce an Employee Mentor Program into a Hybrid Workplace
Hybrid workplaces will become the norm. It’s important that companies don’t let their employees in the office receive more support and professional development than those who are remote or hybrid. For that reason running employee mentoring programs is essential to keeping hybrid workplaces engaged and performing at a high level. 
May 18, 2021
15 mentorship program ideas: How to structure a mentorship program
Meeting someone for the first time in a one-on-one situation can be nerve-racking. Building up trust and rapport with a mentor or mentee takes time. Setting up some structure for meetings is an excellent way to keep the conversation going. Here are some creative activities that you can do together to build on your connection.
April 27, 2021
Inspirational workplace mentoring activities
Workplace mentoring programs are a valuable tool that organizations have to help employees grow professionally and personally. They can also be assets for companies looking to engage employees and reduce turnover rates. Building a connection between a mentor and mentee can be a struggle at first. Yet it is this connection that is key to a successful mentorship experience. Here are some creative and innovative activity ideas that mentors and mentees can do together to build a bond. 
April 25, 2021
How To Find a Mentor - 5 things you should have in common
Finding the right mentor in the workplace can sometimes be a challenge. Even building up a good relationship after you’ve found the right match comes with its hurdles. But if you can find some common ground with your mentor, you’ll have a better experience and set yourself up for a successful mentorship. 

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