Mentoring using apps

July 5, 2019

Workplace mentoring programs have become more and more popular as companies look for ways to attract top talent. Many job seekers have indicated they are looking for organizations that offer growth opportunities such as mentorships. Research has shown that employees that have a mentor also have a 23 percent higher retention rate.

Moreover, companies that embrace the latest technology are also high on the list for employees. According to Statista, nearly half of those accessing the internet are doing so from a mobile device.  Thus, it makes sense that organizations look for ways to use mobile tech such as apps in their mentorship programs.

How mentorships can impact careers

Mentorships have often been defined as a work-related relationship that develops between a more experienced or senior member of the company and that of a younger or newer employee. The goal has been to help the younger worker develop skills and abilities to help them further their careers within the company.

However, workplace mentoring programs today do not always follow the traditional path. Mentoring programs have become a place to promote diversity, encourage interns and attract new talent to the organization.

The goal behind the majority of modern workplace mentoring programs includes the professional and personal development of the mentee, replacement planning and employee retention. Statistics show that employees who are mentored often receive higher pay, more promotions, are more committed to their jobs, are more satisfied in their work and are more positive in their thinking with regards to their future career options.

A mentoring program that is successful can produce a variety of benefits for the participants and the company, including:

  • Develop communication and listening skills
  • Increase knowledge
  • Create personal satisfaction
  • Enhance on-boarding process
  • Reduce employee turnover rate
  • Improve employee engagement statistics
  • Increase productivity and organizational profits
  • Boost the organization reputation

Types of apps

While there are not many apps that are directly designed for workplace mentorship programs, there are several apps that can have a positive impact on the mentorship. Some of these include communication apps and others are more focused on productivity or organization. Regardless of the type of app, there are many different ways that mentors or mentees can get the most of out of their relationship by leveraging tech tools. Here are some of the most commonly used apps on the market:

1. GotoMeeting: this platform has already established itself as a reliable conferencing tool. Through the app version, mentors and mentees could schedule meetings, meet virtually and even share screens for better communication.

2. Slack: commonly used among workplaces that deal with mobile teams, Slack is a great place for users to stay in touch, share files or other content and send private messages. It can be a boon for workplace mentoring program managers who can easily stay connected with participants. However, it can also be another way for mentors and mentees to stay in touch and share information.

3. Basecamp: this app is similar to Slack as its focus is on team communication. It offers a real-time chatroom where mentors and mentees can meet to discuss things. There is also the ability to send direct messages or forward emails to the app. Other useful features include to-do lists, check-ins as well as reports or progress charts that could track mentorship goals.

4. Skype: another app that is usually used just for video calls, but Skype can do so much more. It has a chat or texting feature that can help mentors and mentees stay connected anywhere, anytime.

5. Zoom: similar to Skype, Zoom offers users the ability to hold virtual meetings or conferences between two or more people. Mentors and mentees can use Zoom to chat with each other or to introduce one another to a larger network of people. This app also has the capability to record the video chats in the cloud, which means they can be accessed at a later date if needed.

6. Evernote: used primarily as a digital notebook tool, Evernote can prove to be a useful app in the hands of a mentor or mentee. Ideas or thoughts can be quickly recorded or written down so they can be discussed later. These notes are also sharable between users so mentors and mentees can send their thoughts, ideas or questions to one another easily. It is also capable of capturing images such as documents, notes, drawings, and more, which can also be sent to others to spur on a discussion.

7. Facebook: the company has added a mentorship feature to their Facebook Groups. They made the announcement last year on their website. The idea is that people who are a part of community groups on the social media platform can find each other and create mentoring relationships. In their announcement, they give an example of a woman who was paired with a mentoring in a business coaching group and has now launched her own company. The key is that the group admin needs to create a mentorship program in the group before anyone can be paired.

8. Mentoring apps: some apps are designed to compliment mentoring programs and use AI in the mentor-mentee matching process. These apps often have a brief questionnaire for users. Once the information has been gathered, the tech is able to create possible matches from other company users.

Conclusion

Workplace mentoring programs have become a large part of an organization’s attraction and retention strategy. Employees who are mentored have been proven to have a better career, receive more pay and be more positive with regards to the company and to their futures. This presents a win-win for everyone involved.

As the number of mobile users around the world increases, apps have become more prominent in the workplace. While there are a handful of apps that have been designed specifically to enhance the mentoring process, there are other apps that can be useful too. Many popular productivity or communication apps can be used by mentors or mentees to stay in touch, conduct virtual meetings and send messages back and forth.  This helps reinforce the connection between the mentor and mentee throughout the program.

If you are looking for mentoring software that is available on all devices, Together’s platform has been custom designed to be responsive. This means no matter what piece of technology your participants use, they will always be able to stay connected with Together.

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