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The invaluable secret benefit of having a mentor
May 12, 2022
Investing in a mentoring relationship can feel like another thing on your to-do list. But the benefits are too good to ignore.
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.
Mentoring checklist: Tips for making the most of each session
May 12, 2022
Looking for ways to be a great mentor? Look no further. Here's a checklist of activities and tasks so you don't miss anything!
Enterprise mentoring programs: A quick start guide
May 6, 2022
Are you tasked with launching an enterprise mentoring program at your company? Don't be overwhelmed. Our quick start guide outlines how to get started in three easy steps and includes the tools and resources you need to succeed.
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.
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.
Scale your mentoring program (without losing your mind)
May 3, 2022
Getting your mentorship program off that ground and proving its success is a great first step. But taking it to the next level to include all employees can be daunting. Fear not; here's your guide to scaling your mentorship program.
Mentoring activities: 17 examples to try in your next meeting
May 3, 2022
Ice breakers, fun games, get-to-know-you activities, group exercises — this article breaks down over a dozen mentoring activities to try in your next meeting.
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Engaging Millennials with mentoring
December 16, 2021
Millennials want opportunities to grow and connect with leadership. Mentorship provides these opportunities—but not in the way you might expect. This article will give tips for mentors of Millennials and steps organizations can follow to start a mentoring program for their millennial employees.
Reverse Mentoring: A toolkit for diversity and inclusion initiatives
December 1, 2021
Reverse mentorship became popular in the 1990s as a way to keep executives informed on technology changes and the internet. Now, however, reverse mentoring is taking on a new purpose: to support diversity and inclusion initiatives. This article will give you a toolkit for introducing reverse mentoring programs into your company's D&I strategy.
The Employer's Guide to Gen Z in the Workforce
September 9, 2021
Gen Z is the most recent generation entering the workplace. They bring with them different priorities, expectations, and goals than previous generations like Millennials and Gen Xers. Here's your guide as an employee to Gen Z in the workplace.
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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.
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.
13 workplace activities to foster inclusion
March 1, 2022
Here are over a dozen workplace inclusion activities. We've broken them up by activities you can do in one day and those that can span an entire quarter.
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.
5 examples of diversity and inclusion strategies to strengthen your own
February 18, 2022
Here are 5 examples of diversity and inclusion strategies to inspire your own.
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10 Companies with exceptional employee development programs
April 29, 2022
"What happens if you train your employees and they leave? What if you don't and they stay?" This adage sums up why all companies should be building robust employee training and development programs. Here are 5 examples of companies doing it right.
A guide to people development: 8 Examples and strategies
April 11, 2022
People development is about helping employees develop the capacities the organization needs to succeed. We break down 8 examples of ways you can close skill gaps and accelerate employee development.
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.
Employee Coaching: Tips To Build An Effective Team
March 16, 2022
Employee coaching guides team members on how to improve their performance through regular and systematic feedback, support, and development. Here's everything you need to know about introducing coaching programs and tips to get real results.
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.
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.
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.
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Evergreen: A new way to run a mentorship program
November 25, 2021
We've been working hard on the biggest change to the platform ever. A new type of program format has arrived, and we call it Evergreen.
Recruiting mentors: How to attract more mentors to your mentoring program
October 19, 2021
One of the most common challenges we hear from our program administrators is that they can't get enough mentors to sign up. It can be challenging to get busy executives on board to invest time in helping more junior employees grow. But it isn't impossible. This article is your go-to guide for attracting mentors to your program.
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Peer mentoring guide: activities, benefits, and programs
March 28, 2022
Here's the ultimate guide to starting a peer mentoring program. We outline when peer mentoring is better than senior-junior mentorship, 12 ideas for activities, and how you can quickly pair peers together.
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.
Building An Employee Development Plan: What you need to know [with examples]
November 19, 2021
Despite the war for talent, studies show that organizations are having a hard time hiring the skills they need. An alternative to constant recruiting is building the necessary skills in your existing employees. Building an employee development program that includes mentorship, peer accountability, and exposing employees to different roles may be an effective way for companies to remain competitive.
How to develop new managers with mentorship programs
November 17, 2021
Exceptional employees are usually promoted to a role they have little to no training in: a manager. As new managers, these employees are left on their own to learn as they go. But for organizations that want to set up their new leaders for success, they should be looking for ways to mentor them. Mentorship is a fantastic way to help new managers grow into their roles as leaders.
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.
How To Get Busy Executives To Be Mentors In Your Mentoring Program
October 28, 2021
The impact of having executives in your organization mentor more junior employees can be incredible. Morale jumps, employee engagement skyrockets, and employees begin to grow. However, when you're starting a mentoring program it can be hard to get these busy execs on board. But it isn't impossible. This article outlines six ways you can not only convince executives to join your mentoring program but be excited about it.
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.
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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.
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10 Companies with exceptional employee development programs
April 29, 2022
"What happens if you train your employees and they leave? What if you don't and they stay?" This adage sums up why all companies should be building robust employee training and development programs. Here are 5 examples of companies doing it right.
A guide to people development: 8 Examples and strategies
April 11, 2022
People development is about helping employees develop the capacities the organization needs to succeed. We break down 8 examples of ways you can close skill gaps and accelerate employee development.
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.
Employee Coaching: Tips To Build An Effective Team
March 16, 2022
Employee coaching guides team members on how to improve their performance through regular and systematic feedback, support, and development. Here's everything you need to know about introducing coaching programs and tips to get real results.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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Peer mentoring guide: activities, benefits, and programs
March 28, 2022
Here's the ultimate guide to starting a peer mentoring program. We outline when peer mentoring is better than senior-junior mentorship, 12 ideas for activities, and how you can quickly pair peers together.
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.
What is peer coaching and how do can you do it well?
March 14, 2022
Every organization should encourage peer coaching. Here are the benefits and how to start pairing employees in your workplace.
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.
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.
Speed mentoring: What is it and how do you do it successfully?
February 11, 2022
If you're ready to start a speed mentoring event in your workplace here's everything you need to know.
How to encourage learning in the workplace
January 28, 2022
Learning in the workplace is critical to long-term organizational success. If you want your teams to be competitive in the future here are 5 ways to encourage more learning in the workplace. By following these tactics, you'll slowly build a learning culture over time.
How to build an employee training plan
January 25, 2022
Do you have a plan for how to train employees? This article will walk you through the steps of building an employee training plan.
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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.
Best Practices for Virtual Mentoring
January 7, 2022
Whether your company is transitioning to a virtual workplace due to COVID-19 or if there is a long history as a remote organization, workplace mentoring can offer support and comfort to employees in addition to professional growth. Putting the best practices into your virtual mentoring program can help you achieve more success and reap the benefits that come with a virtual mentoring program.
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How do I promote my mentoring program?
May 18, 2022
Promoting your workplace mentoring program can make or break its success. Focus on generating enthusiasm through all levels of the organization and the only problem you’ll have to worry about is how to handle the logistics of all your participants.
Matching mentors and mentees: The process to get it right
May 18, 2022
The success of a workplace mentoring program hinges on a good, solid mentor-mentee match. Together's mentoring software can help streamline the matching process.
Mentoring tools: 7 resources to build a thriving mentorship program
May 18, 2022
A good mentor has the proper tools to build a successful mentoring relationship. Here are the tools and frameworks used by successful mentors.
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.
6 ways to encourage mentoring at work
May 16, 2022
Every employee wants mentors when you ask them, but sometimes getting people to actually start forming meaningful mentoring relationships can be tough. Here are six ways to encourage employees to build mentoring relationships.
Mentoring checklist: Tips for making the most of each session
May 12, 2022
Looking for ways to be a great mentor? Look no further. Here's a checklist of activities and tasks so you don't miss anything!
Enterprise mentoring programs: A quick start guide
May 6, 2022
Are you tasked with launching an enterprise mentoring program at your company? Don't be overwhelmed. Our quick start guide outlines how to get started in three easy steps and includes the tools and resources you need to succeed.
Scale your mentoring program (without losing your mind)
May 3, 2022
Getting your mentorship program off that ground and proving its success is a great first step. But taking it to the next level to include all employees can be daunting. Fear not; here's your guide to scaling your mentorship program.
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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.
The invaluable secret benefit of having a mentor
May 12, 2022
Investing in a mentoring relationship can feel like another thing on your to-do list. But the benefits are too good to ignore.
Enterprise mentoring programs: A quick start guide
May 6, 2022
Are you tasked with launching an enterprise mentoring program at your company? Don't be overwhelmed. Our quick start guide outlines how to get started in three easy steps and includes the tools and resources you need to succeed.
Scale your mentoring program (without losing your mind)
May 3, 2022
Getting your mentorship program off that ground and proving its success is a great first step. But taking it to the next level to include all employees can be daunting. Fear not; here's your guide to scaling your mentorship program.
Mentoring activities: 17 examples to try in your next meeting
May 3, 2022
Ice breakers, fun games, get-to-know-you activities, group exercises — this article breaks down over a dozen mentoring activities to try in your next meeting.
Mentorship program survey questions: 28 examples
April 27, 2022
This article provides examples of questions mentorship program managers can ask mentors and mentees in surveys throughout the program. The questions are designed to determine how the program is going.
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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.
How To Change Workplace Culture Through Mentorship
September 27, 2021
In this article, we examine how mentoring programs create high-performing and healthy company cultures, and the different types of mentoring programs organizations can adopt.
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