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.
One of the essential keys to success for these programs is the pairing of mentors and mentees. Suppose you are able to get the right match between your participants. In that case, you can unlock the benefits of mentorship, including expanding employee skillsets, increasing their loyalty to your company, and cultivating an engaging and positive atmosphere at work.
Finding the right mentor-mentee match depends a lot on the goals of your mentoring program. For example, if your goal is to onboard new hires, you’ll want to pair them with a senior employee who can show them the ropes. The mentor would ideally be from their department or section of your organization and one who has developed good working habits. However, if your goal is to cultivate a more inclusive workplace, you may want to match a mentee with a mentor that is quite different from them. By pairing a mentee with a mentor from another section of the organization or even a different background or gender, you can help them build understanding, which leads to acceptance.
Ultimately, you’ll need to develop a pairing process that is streamlined, efficient, and reliable. While manual pairing gives you the feeling of being in absolute control over the matching, it is time-consuming and not a practical way to run a workplace mentoring program for larger organizations. Mentoring software like Together simplifies the pairing process while enabling you to maintain control over the criteria for matches. Moreover, there are several ways that mentoring software can make a match.
Using mentoring software for pairing does not mean the computer is in control. With Together, there are different ways you can use the software to pair mentors and mentees. Depending on your program and the goals you have for it, you can allow a mentee to pick their match, have an administrator select and pair participants, or use the software’s algorithm to create matches quickly.
Even before you begin making the matches, there are some things you can do to help improve the pairing process and enable successful matches in your workplace mentoring program. These include:
Define goals - your mentoring program should have clearly defined goals that align with your business goals. Knowing what areas you want to improve in your business can help you narrow down the types of mentor-mentee matches that will get you there.
Set matching priorities - if you are using mentoring software for your program, you can set different priorities that will significantly impact the matching process.
Be realistic - remember that there is no easy way to make a successful match. In some cases, you’ll have to use your best judgement, whether pairing mentors and mentees manually or relying on Together’s matching algorithm.
Be available - some mentees and mentors may need extra guidance, particularly if this is their first mentorship experience. Be available to answer their questions and offer them resources to help them make the most of the mentoring program.
To learn more about how Together’s mentoring software can take your workplace program to the next level, book a demo today.