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How to build an authentic connection with a mentor
June 24, 2022
Here are several tips to keep in mind when trying to build a meaningful mentoring relationship.
E-mentoring vs face-to-face: Embrace a mixed approach
June 24, 2022
As technology has changed, so has the way workplace mentoring programs operate. While mentorship has traditionally been built on a personal, face-to-face connection, tech has changed the way we communicate, connect and mentor. However, it raises the question, is the digital way better?
Tips for successful mentoring programs in large organizations
June 21, 2022
Large corporations and organizations can face unique challenges when it comes to developing and managing a workplace mentoring program. Here's how to do it well.
9 Inspiring examples of inclusive workplace cultures
June 21, 2022
9 concrete examples of companies cultivating inclusive cultures all year round— not just in June.
14 Effective mentoring techniques that drive growth
June 17, 2022
Here are 14 mentoring techniques that are guaranteed to drive meaningful conversations that promote growth. Backed by science and expert insights.
How to discuss sensitive topics in a mentor meeting
June 16, 2022
Are you finding that your mentoring conversations are getting into some serious waters? Here are 7 tips for sensitive mentoring topics.
Reverse mentoring: Connecting a multi-generation workplace
June 15, 2022
Reverse mentoring is a new form of workplace mentoring, but it's getting increasingly popular as a way to connect senior leaders with the next generation of talent. By flipping the traditional mentoring relationship on its head, senior leaders have the opportunity to take on the role of a student again and gain a new perspective.
Build a mentoring culture: 5 reliable steps
June 13, 2022
From the author of Creating a Mentoring Culture, we draw from Lois J. Zachary's work and the expertise of the Together team to outline how you can build a mentoring culture in your organization.
What's employer branding and how do you build one?
March 14, 2022
Discover the meaning of ‘employer branding’, its importance in the modern business landscape, and strategies for implementing it effectively.
10 Examples of employee retention strategies
February 22, 2022
Does your employee retention strategy need a refresh? Here are 10 examples of successful retention strategies to learn from.
7 Important factors to improve your employee retention and engagement
February 2, 2022
Want to improve employee retention and engagement in your workplace? Here are 7 strategies to keep your team together.
Why mentoring programs will attract top talent
January 28, 2022
For employers, finding talent is harder than ever. To stand out, companies need more than generous employment packages. They also need company cultures that give employees the growth and development opportunities they crave. In short, they want to join companies where they'll find mentorship. Here's why your talent acquisition strategy should include mentorship.
5 Proven Tips on Retaining Top Remote Talent
August 17, 2021
How to retain top talent in your company? Here are the best strategies to engage with your employees, building a solid and long-lasting team.
5 Ways To Keep Your Top Talent Amidst The Great Resignation
August 6, 2021
The Great Resignation doesn't mean you have to lose your best and brightest. Here are five ways to help them continue growing internally.
Keys to Developing a Solid Retention Strategy
October 4, 2018
In today’s competitive business industry, keeping employees is not an easy task. From Baby Boomers who are heading into retirement to Millennials who are moving in and out of employment searching for the right fit, employee retention remains a challenge.
Calculate the cost of employee turnover
September 29, 2018
Here's how to calculate the cost of employee turnover (and what you can do to increase retention at your organization.)
9 Inspiring examples of inclusive workplace cultures
June 21, 2022
9 concrete examples of companies cultivating inclusive cultures all year round— not just in June.
Build a mentoring culture: 5 reliable steps
June 13, 2022
From the author of Creating a Mentoring Culture, we draw from Lois J. Zachary's work and the expertise of the Together team to outline how you can build a mentoring culture in your organization.
How to create a more inclusive workplace culture
May 26, 2022
Learn how to create an inclusive workplace culture for your team to thrive in.
6 Ways to Create a Strong Knowledge-Sharing Culture in the Workplace
March 10, 2022
It's well known that organizations that encourage knowledge sharing gain a competitive advantage over cultures that reinforce knowledge hoarding and secrecy. But continually promoting a knowledge-sharing culture can take time. Here are 6 ways to build a knowledge-sharing culture that leads to lasting benefits.
Team Culture: 12 Examples of high-performing teams
February 22, 2022
How would you describe your team culture? And how do you know if it'll lead to high performance or not? In this guide, we break down what team culture is, its importance, 12 examples, and what you need to do to build a high-performing team.
How To Build A Learning Culture: 7 Steps
November 19, 2021
Developing a learning culture may be the best thing organizations can do to remain competitive amidst all the changes of the 21st century. To attract top talent and develop new and innovative products and services, leaders should be investing in employee learning and development. In doing so, they’ll cultivate a learning culture that pays dividends well into the future.
5 Ways To Build A Coaching Culture In Your Organization
October 8, 2021
Building a coaching culture in your organization requires effort, but it offers significant advantages, such as higher revenue and a more engaged workforce as indicated by numerous studies. In this article, we share five steps to developing a coaching culture in your organization.
Talent Development: How to Build a Culture of High Performance
September 13, 2021
Talent development programs are a critical way for organizations to keep their high-performing employees engaged with their roles and want to continue growing internally. For HR and business leaders who want to build teams that raise the bar for the whole organization here are four ways to do so by focusing on developing their careers and talents.
9 Inspiring examples of inclusive workplace cultures
June 21, 2022
9 concrete examples of companies cultivating inclusive cultures all year round— not just in June.
Reverse mentoring: Connecting a multi-generation workplace
June 15, 2022
Reverse mentoring is a new form of workplace mentoring, but it's getting increasingly popular as a way to connect senior leaders with the next generation of talent. By flipping the traditional mentoring relationship on its head, senior leaders have the opportunity to take on the role of a student again and gain a new perspective.
Build a mentoring culture: 5 reliable steps
June 13, 2022
From the author of Creating a Mentoring Culture, we draw from Lois J. Zachary's work and the expertise of the Together team to outline how you can build a mentoring culture in your organization.
How to create a more inclusive workplace culture
May 26, 2022
Learn how to create an inclusive workplace culture for your team to thrive in.
Building your diversity and inclusion plan: A quick start guide
May 16, 2022
In this quick start guide, we break down what should be included in a diversity and inclusion plan and how to ensure its success.
How to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, & belonging in the workplace
May 12, 2022
Here are 13 actionable ways to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace.
What are sponsorship programs in the workplace?
May 3, 2022
Sponsorship programs are an effective way to level the playing field and unlock hidden talent in your organization. Here's how you can get started building a sponsorship program by matching leaders with emerging talent.
Return to work programs for moms
April 11, 2022
Women and mothers have disproportionately left the workforce over the pandemic. This has given rise to the popularity of return-to-work programs for mothers. Here are 5 examples of returnships, as they're being called, and how you can start your own.
How to improve your employee engagement: 13 tips & examples
March 28, 2022
We do our best work when we're energized and find fulfillment in it. Here are 13 tips and strategies to improve employee engagement so they can perform at their best.
Statistics on Mentorship: The latest research on employee development to know
March 18, 2022
Here are over a dozen studies on mentoring and what you need to take away from them.
Using the 4 work styles to build an effective team
March 17, 2022
We all have different styles of working. They fit into 4 categories. We explore each and how you can leverage them to build effective teams.
7 Important factors to improve your employee retention and engagement
February 2, 2022
Want to improve employee retention and engagement in your workplace? Here are 7 strategies to keep your team together.
7 Activities to Engage Your Remote Employees
August 16, 2021
There are competing studies on whether remote work is good for employee engagement. Some cite that more heads-down time leads to more productivity. Others cite that feelings of isolation and difficulty to unplug leads to burnout. So what leads to healthy employee engagement in remote work? In short, personal connections and a belief in the companies mission. This article will break down seven best practices to engage remote employees by connecting them with others in their organization.
Engage your remote employees: 13 science-backed strategies
June 14, 2021
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.
5 Ways Mentoring Helps Employee Engagement
June 1, 2020
Mentoring as a way of developing talent within the business may have a set design and desired outcome, but no two mentor relationships will be the same. This is a good thing as there is usually a lot to offer from individuals and their eagerness to contribute to success, so a mentoring program provides the necessary platform to help voices be heard and to help even the most experienced company veterans to learn to adapt to modern changes and methods. The benefit of providing atwo-way learning opportunity is that it keeps employees and managers engaged, feeling valued and willing to listen, especially when all parties have something to gain from it.
8 ways to Enhance Employee Engagement in your workplace
November 8, 2018
Studies have shown that when employees are engaged at their workplaces, they are more productive, loyal and feel more fulfilled. Engaged employees are the key to achieving organizational goals and progress.
Workplace productivity: How to measure and increase it
March 14, 2022
Increasing workplace productivity is always in the back of a manager's mind. Here are 7 ways to make your team more efficient and measure it.
Why mentoring programs will attract top talent
January 28, 2022
For employers, finding talent is harder than ever. To stand out, companies need more than generous employment packages. They also need company cultures that give employees the growth and development opportunities they crave. In short, they want to join companies where they'll find mentorship. Here's why your talent acquisition strategy should include mentorship.
Starting a remote mentorship program: Guide to virtual workplaces
November 30, 2021
Remote workplaces are becoming more of the norm than the exception to the rule. While there are advantages to this style of working, there are distinct disadvantages around employee development. Remote mentoring programs are becoming a viable way to keep teams connected and growing. Here's how to start one in your organization.
Mentoring high potential employees [Guide]
November 24, 2021
High potential employee development programs are usually designed with two goals in mind: (1) prepare them for future leadership positions and (2) avoid their turnover. The best and brightest minds are always looking for opportunities to learn and grow. What better way to fulfill that need with mentoring programs? This is your guide on starting a high potential mentorship program.
How to build a mentorship program for new employees
November 22, 2021
Mentorship for new employees is essential. Up to a third of their salary can be spent attracting and recruiting them. Make sure that when they do join your team they're set up for success. In this article, we break down how to start a mentorship program for new hires.
Mentoring Circles: what they are and how to start one
November 15, 2021
Mentoring Circles are a great way to encourage knowledge sharing and community building with your mentorship program. We explore the ins and outs of Mentorship Circles in this article and how you can introduce one into your organization.
Mentoring Groups vs 1-on-1: Which is Better?
October 28, 2021
When you're starting a workplace mentoring program you may not consider running group mentoring instead of traditional 1-on-1 mentoring. Depending on the outcomes you're hoping to achieve with your program one might be better suited than the other. In this article we outline the differences between group and 1-on-1 mentorship and explain which to use depending on your goals.
Why Group Mentoring is key to building future leaders
October 20, 2021
When deciding between looking internally or externally to fill leadership positions People Leaders should be aware of hidden talent already on the payroll. Identifying high-potential employees isn't the challenge so much as preparing them to take on leadership roles. Group Mentorship programs are an effective way to pave a career path for them to become future leaders. This article argues why Group Mentoring is key to developing future leaders.
Mentoring strategies for leaders that want to make an impact
May 30, 2022
Here are 15 mentoring strategies that will transform employee engagement and productivity in your organization.
Learning At Work: A Leader’s Guide
February 7, 2022
Learning at work is critical to L&D initiatives. Gone are the days of pulling teams away from their work for days at a time. Now, learning needs to happen in the flow of work and be personalized to each of their career journeys. This article dives into 3 ways employees learn and two strategies you can implement to support workplace learning.
Why Group Mentoring is key to building future leaders
October 20, 2021
When deciding between looking internally or externally to fill leadership positions People Leaders should be aware of hidden talent already on the payroll. Identifying high-potential employees isn't the challenge so much as preparing them to take on leadership roles. Group Mentorship programs are an effective way to pave a career path for them to become future leaders. This article argues why Group Mentoring is key to developing future leaders.
Examples Of Leadership Coaching In The Workplace
September 17, 2021
Most managers got their roles because they excelled as individual contributors. But management is a new skill that needs to be developed. This article outlines three different models of leadership coaching that can help managers become better leaders for their teams.
​​Leadership mentoring programs: [Examples of skills and discussion topics]
August 1, 2021
How do you improve leadership skills in the workplace? Mentorship. Leaders learn through direct experience and the advice of others. While leadership coaches are helpful with tactical advice, mentors provide role models and guidance that future leaders can aspire to be like. Mentorship, in short, builds leadership skills.
How rewarding is Mentoring as a Business Leader?
March 22, 2019
If you hold a management position, mentoring may seem like it doesn’t hold many opportunities. However, even leaders can gain from a mentoring relationship.
Social Ties: Why Employees Need Strong Connections at Work
March 1, 2022
It's not surprising that our social ties at work play a huge role in our productivity, feelings of belonging, and overall happiness. In this article, we look at what social ties are, the science behind them, and how they play such an important role in building a thriving organization.
Team Culture: 12 Examples of high-performing teams
February 22, 2022
How would you describe your team culture? And how do you know if it'll lead to high performance or not? In this guide, we break down what team culture is, its importance, 12 examples, and what you need to do to build a high-performing team.
Learning and Development Strategy Examples
February 22, 2022
Here are four examples of learning and development strategies to inspire your own.
Employee development program: Essential components
February 17, 2022
Employee development is crucial to organizational success. Fewer and fewer organizations are looking to hire talent because competition is too fierce. Instead, they're looking inward. To create a winning employee development program here are the 5 essential components. Leverage each and you'll drive your teams' performance, morale, and impact to new heights.
How To Train Remote Employees Effectively
February 9, 2022
Remote training programs have to adapt if they want to deliver rich learning experiences. Here are 7 tips for training employees in a remote workforce.
Learning At Work: A Leader’s Guide
February 7, 2022
Learning at work is critical to L&D initiatives. Gone are the days of pulling teams away from their work for days at a time. Now, learning needs to happen in the flow of work and be personalized to each of their career journeys. This article dives into 3 ways employees learn and two strategies you can implement to support workplace learning.
Top 10 Trending Skills for Better Career Opportunities in 2022
February 2, 2022
Here are the top trending skills for employees in 2022.
7 Important factors to improve your employee retention and engagement
February 2, 2022
Want to improve employee retention and engagement in your workplace? Here are 7 strategies to keep your team together.
Reverse mentoring: Connecting a multi-generation workplace
June 15, 2022
Reverse mentoring is a new form of workplace mentoring, but it's getting increasingly popular as a way to connect senior leaders with the next generation of talent. By flipping the traditional mentoring relationship on its head, senior leaders have the opportunity to take on the role of a student again and gain a new perspective.
Build a mentoring culture: 5 reliable steps
June 13, 2022
From the author of Creating a Mentoring Culture, we draw from Lois J. Zachary's work and the expertise of the Together team to outline how you can build a mentoring culture in your organization.
How to design a workplace mentoring program employees can't wait to join
June 10, 2022
Are you tasked with starting a workplace mentoring program? Consider this your guide to launching a program that drives impact and will have employees banging on your (virtual) door to join.
6 Clear and simple steps to starting an impactful mentoring program
June 10, 2022
Maybe you're starting a workplace mentoring program on your own. Maybe management volun-told you to run it. Either way, here are the comprehensive but easy guide to starting a mentoring program.
Run workplace mentoring programs that drive impact [essential best practices]
May 27, 2022
Here are 12 tried-and-tested best practices for successful workplace mentoring programs. We also share examples of mentoring programs and advice from program managers who've made their mark.
4 Phases of mentorship: vital tips for relationships and programs
May 18, 2022
Whether your mentoring relationship lasts a few months, a year, or longer, it is important to understand the different phases it will go through. These include purpose, engagement, growth, and completion.
Mentoring toolkit: 10 tips and templates
May 16, 2022
Building a mentoring program can be daunting. Where do you start? With this mentoring toolkit of course! Here are 10 tips and templates to get you started building a successful mentoring program.
15 critical roles mentors play in the workplace [2022 report on mentorship]
May 16, 2022
Every employee should have a mentor at work. Why? Here are 15 critical roles mentors play in an employee's development and the company's success.
Starting a buddy system at work: A quick start guide
May 6, 2022
Most employees don't feel prepared even after a lengthy onboarding. What's missing? Likely, the human factor. Buddy systems are proving to be a cost-effective and meaningful way to ramp new hires up to speed quickly. Here's your quick start guide to introducing a buddy system in your workplace.
Why an onboarding "buddy" is essential for every new employee
April 29, 2022
Onboarding buddies are essential for setting up new hires for success. Here's everything you need to know about buddy programs with examples.
10 Examples of employee retention strategies
February 22, 2022
Does your employee retention strategy need a refresh? Here are 10 examples of successful retention strategies to learn from.
4 onboarding strategies you should include in your hiring process
February 11, 2022
Here are four onboarding strategies to set up your new hires for success.
Onboarding Experience: 8 best practices to set up new employees for success
February 9, 2022
A successful onboarding experience will set new hires up for success. But more often than not, new employees feel left on their own to figure out how to do their job well. Rather than help new employees learn through a “trial by fire,” here’s how to design an onboarding experience that excites employees about this new opportunity.
Why mentoring programs will attract top talent
January 28, 2022
For employers, finding talent is harder than ever. To stand out, companies need more than generous employment packages. They also need company cultures that give employees the growth and development opportunities they crave. In short, they want to join companies where they'll find mentorship. Here's why your talent acquisition strategy should include mentorship.
How to build a mentorship program for new employees
November 22, 2021
Mentorship for new employees is essential. Up to a third of their salary can be spent attracting and recruiting them. Make sure that when they do join your team they're set up for success. In this article, we break down how to start a mentorship program for new hires.
Mentoring Circles: what they are and how to start one
November 15, 2021
Mentoring Circles are a great way to encourage knowledge sharing and community building with your mentorship program. We explore the ins and outs of Mentorship Circles in this article and how you can introduce one into your organization.
E-mentoring vs face-to-face: Embrace a mixed approach
June 24, 2022
As technology has changed, so has the way workplace mentoring programs operate. While mentorship has traditionally been built on a personal, face-to-face connection, tech has changed the way we communicate, connect and mentor. However, it raises the question, is the digital way better?
What is virtual mentoring?
April 27, 2022
In this article, we explain what virtual mentoring is and what it can be used for in your workplace.
Return to work programs for moms
April 11, 2022
Women and mothers have disproportionately left the workforce over the pandemic. This has given rise to the popularity of return-to-work programs for mothers. Here are 5 examples of returnships, as they're being called, and how you can start your own.
5 KPIs to boost your team’s work from home productivity
March 24, 2022
Here are 5 KPIs to focus on when improving your team's productivity.
Flextime: Should You Offer It? (How To Know)
March 9, 2022
Flextime is becoming more popular as workplaces navigate the changes around returning to the office, staying remote, or adopting a hybrid approach. Here's everything you need to know about flextime and if it's right for your organization.
How To Train Remote Employees Effectively
February 9, 2022
Remote training programs have to adapt if they want to deliver rich learning experiences. Here are 7 tips for training employees in a remote workforce.
A Simple Guide to Conducting a Solid Virtual Training For Employees
February 2, 2022
Remote work has made employee training hard. There's no doubt about it. Here are 4 steps to conducting effective virtual training.
Remote training is here to stay: Here’s how to do it well
February 1, 2022
Remote training is the new normal, but our strategies need an upgrade. Here are 3 ways to make remote training more collaborative and effective.
Build a mentoring culture: 5 reliable steps
June 13, 2022
From the author of Creating a Mentoring Culture, we draw from Lois J. Zachary's work and the expertise of the Together team to outline how you can build a mentoring culture in your organization.
Be the boss they’ll never forget: Psychological well-being in the workplace
January 25, 2022
We spend a quarter of our lives (at least) working. We'd hope that the norm isn't to be burnout and stressed during all that time. Thankfully, using The Six Dimensions of Psychological Well-Being, created by psychologist Carol Ryff, leaders have a framework for supporting mental health in their workplaces. This article outlines the six dimensions and what it means for your workplace well-being.
12 Examples of Employee Recognition For 2022
January 18, 2022
Employee recognition is crucial. One of the top reasons employees quit is because they don't feel appreciated by their managers or leaders. To avoid costly turnover and build happy, high-performing teams here are 12 ways to recognize your employees in 2022.
Start a diversity and inclusion mentorship program: A guide
November 24, 2021
Employees from diverse backgrounds stand to gain a lot from mentorship. And research shows that when workplaces offer formal mentoring programs, 3/4's of diverse or minority employees opt-in. Organizations should take note. Achieving diversity doesn't start and stop at equal numbers. To meaningfully support diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace, organizations should start formal mentoring programs. This guide will show you how.
Diversity and Inclusion Training in the Workplace: What is it and why is it essential?
November 24, 2021
Training for diversity and inclusion is becoming more and more common in the workplace. But having a DEI strategy isn't enough and sometimes it can do more harm than good. In this article, we break down how to do diversity and inclusion training right with several examples.
Examples Of Empathy In The Workplace
November 4, 2021
It's no surprise that great leaders and thriving organizations care about empathetic communication among their teams. But research shows that empathetic communication skills are in short supply. In this article, we outline six ways leaders and workplaces can practice empathetic communication in the workplace.
Promoting inclusive behaviors at work: How to encourage them [with examples]
November 4, 2021
There's a mountain of research showing that diverse and inclusive organizations perform better. So how can we encourage more inclusive behaviors at work? In this article we break down 10 ways organizations can encourage inclusive behaviors among their employees.
Creative Ideas To Improve Your Remote Employees Well Being
October 14, 2021
The well-being of your remote teams should be a top priority for managers. As workplaces navigate whether to go hybrid, fully back in the office, or remain remote, it's an uncertain time for employees. This undoubtedly leads to stress. To mitigate the challenges of workplace well-being for remote teams here are four ideas managers can consider.